Stephen Hawking's voice is being sent into space toward a black hole

Stephen Hawking's voice is being sent into space toward a black hole

Members of the public from over 100 countries, selected by a ballot, joined friends and family for the service which included a reading from actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a 2004 BBC film. Professor Hawking's first wife, Jane, read a prayer, as did his daughter Lucy - an alumna of Newnham College.

Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the most famed and brilliant scientific minds of his generation passed away earlier this year on March 14 at his home in Cambridge.

The track being beamed into space will feature Hawking's voice set to music and has been written by Greek composer Vangelis.

Prof Hawking's children have expressed their gratitude to Westminster Abbey for allowing their father to have a "distinguished" final resting place between the graves of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. The most recent burials of scientists there were those of Ernest Rutherford, a pioneer of nuclear physics, in 1937, and of Joseph John Thomson, who discovered electrons, in 1940.

The legendary scientist, who had for more than 50 years battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died at the age of 76 in March.

The publication also reminds readers that Hawking once had a party for time travellers who never showed up.

Hawking lived with motor neurone disease, a debilitating neurological illness, and lost the use of his vocal chords in the 1980s.

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A memorial stone will lie above inscribed, "Here lies what was mortal of Stephen Hawking 1942 - 2018".

Along with fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein's theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time began with the Big Bang and would end in black holes.

Astronaut Tim Peake and two of Hawking's oldest professional friends, cosmologist Martin Rees and Kip Thorne, an American physicist and Nobel Prize victor, will also be in attendance.

Target of this rousing musical composition and message from Hawking himself will be black hole 1A 0620-00 about 3,500 light years from Earth.

"He has inspired me to be the best that I can be and not let anything, including my disability, hold me back", said Jason Felce, 20, who controls his equipment with eye movement.

Guests were welcomed by volunteers from the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Check Westminster Abbey's website and Twitter account for video, audio and pictures from the service, as well as a PDF version of the memorial program.

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