Details of the funeral for world-renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking have been announced by his family.
The family of the late 76-year-old, who died last week, will have a funeral at Great St Mary’s, the University Church, in Cambridge on Easter Saturday (March 31).
The church is just a stone’s throw from Gonville & Caius, the Cambridge college where Professor Hawking was a fellow for more than 52 years.
Family, friends and colleagues are being invited to the private service, taking place at 2pm on Easter Saturday (March 31, 2018).
Professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said they had chosen to hold the funeral in Cambridge as it is “the city that he loved so much and which loved him.”
A private reception will be held afterwards at Trinity College, also close by.
The funeral of Professor #StephenHawking, a Fellow of Caius for over 52 years, will take place @GreatStMarys, the University Church in Cambridge, on 31 March 2018 at 2pm. The private service will be "both inclusive and traditional". Read more here: https://t.co/PYhMGb6z85 pic.twitter.com/HLuMEsmJxn
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In a statement, Professor Hawking’s children said: “On behalf of our whole family we want to express our huge gratitude for all the wonderful tributes to our father and to those who have sent us messages of condolence.
“Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city. For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him.
“Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.
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Several thousand people have visited Gonville & Caius College since Professor Hawking’s death to sign a book of condolence.
This and an online version of the book contain thousands of heartfelt messages from well-wishers all over the world.