Stephen Hawking’s words to be beamed into black hole

Stephen Hawking’s words to be beamed into black hole

Hawking's first wife, Jane, arrives at the funeral at St. Mary the Great church in Cambridge with her son Timothy.

The voice of well-known physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, will be broadcast into space towards the nearest black hole to Earth.

Greek composer Vangelis - yes, the "Chariots of Fire" guy - set the physicist's voice to an original piece of music for the occasion.

Renowned for his works in theoretical physics, Hawking will be interred between other prominent British scientists, including Sir Isaac Newton, who formulated the law of universal gravitation and laid the foundations of modern mathematics, and Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution was one of the most far-reaching scientific breakthroughs of all time. They go on to remind us that Stephen Hawking was the type of person who would probably enjoy the gesture as black holes were his main fascination.

Lucy Hawking, daughter of the late scientist.

Hawking, who died in March at the age of 76, suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), which robbed him of the ability to walk and speak. The British-born will give a reading at Hawking's service.

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


The Address was given by Professor the Lord Rees of Ludlow OM, Astronomer Royal.

Guests at the service included 1,000 members of the public selected by ballot. Traveling at the speed of light, it will take 3,500 years for the message to reach the black hole, which is part of a binary system with an ordinary orange dwarf star.

A memorial stone will be put in place atop the burial spot with the inscription: "Here lies what was mortal of Stephen Hawking 1942 - 2018".

The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, directed by James O'Donnell, organist and master of the choristers.

Paying tribute to his friend and former colleague, Professor Thorne said: "Stephen and I were very close friends for 43 years, he was by far the most stubborn friend I ever had".

Guests will be welcomed by volunteers from the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony, in which Hawking starred. A memorial service and the interment will happen today, June 15 according to Telegraph.

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