Stephen Hawking to Be Laid to Rest Along With Sir Isaac Newton at Westminster Abbey
The Westminster Abbey announced that later in the year there will be a Service of Thanksgiving held for Professor Stephen Hawking after which his ashes will be laid to rest near the grave of Sir Isaac Newton.
In a statement, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall who is the Dean of Westminster, said:
It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists. Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey in 1727. Charles Darwin was buried beside Isaac Newton in 1882. Other famous scientists are buried or memorialized nearby, the most recent burials being those of atomic physicists Ernest Rutherford in 1937 and Joseph John Thomson in 1940. We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe.