The Abbot of Westminster John Hall (centre right), first wife of Stephen Hawking, Jane (second from left) and daughter of Stephen Hawking Lucy (center) during memorial service

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LONDON, June 15. /TASS/. The urn containing the ashes of the British theoretical physicist and researcher of black holes Stephen Hawking was laid in a special niche in the Area of scientists between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey on Friday.

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“Here lies one who was a mortal Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018”, is engraved on the gravestone in the floor of the Abbey.

As noted in his memorial speech, the astronomer Royal of great Britain, Martin Rees, whose words lead Agency Press Association, the name of Professor Hawking will remain “in the annals of science .” “No one else since [albert] Einstein did not do more to deepen our understanding of space and time”, he added.

In the readings during the memorial service was attended by astronaut Timothy Peake and actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in the drama Bi-bi-si. In the ceremony of the burial of the remains of the scientist was also attended by the leader of the labour party Jeremy Corbyn, American physicist and astronomer, Nobel laureate Kip Thorne, an English physicist and presenter of science TV programmes Brian Cox, comedian David Walliams, American musician Nile Rodgers and other celebrities from the world of science, politics and showbiz.

This day was sent into space a special verbal-musical signal with the “message of peace and hope” with the words of Hawking that sound on the background of musical dedication to the late Professor created by Greek composer Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseus, Papathanasio). This signal is disseminated, the satellite antenna of the European space Agency (ESA) in the Spanish town of cebreros West of Madrid, pointing it in the direction of the nearest to the planet Earth black hole 1A 0620-00.

Scientist died March 14 at age 76 at his home in Cambridge city, in which he more than 50 years of led research activities.