Funeral of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking

The life of renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking was celebrated Saturday in English city of Cambridge, with hundreds of well-wishers lining the streets for a glimpse of the hearse carrying his remains to a private funeral.

There was a spontaneous burst of applause outside St. Mary the Great church when the hearse arrived. The bells of the church tolled 76 times, one for each year of Hawking’s remarkable life.

Hawking was remembered as a brave man who triumphed over motor neurone disease by continuing his research into space and time even after paralysis set in and his muscles faded.

Some 500 invited guests attended the funeral for Hawking, who died on March 14. (AP)

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<p>Family and friends of Professor Stephen Hawking attend his funeral at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the centre of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Family and friends of Professor Stephen Hawking attend his funeral at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the centre of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>Professor Stephen Hawking’s children Timothy and Lucy Hawking break down in tears as their father’s coffin leaves the University Church of St Mary the Great at the end of his funeral service in Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking’s children Timothy and Lucy Hawking break down in tears as their father’s coffin leaves the University Church of St Mary the Great at the end of his funeral service in Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>Pallbearers carry Professor Stephen Hawking’s coffin at his funeral at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Pallbearers carry Professor Stephen Hawking’s coffin at his funeral at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>Professor Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane breaks down in tears as his coffin leaves the University Church of St Mary the Great at the end of his funeral service in Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane breaks down in tears as his coffin leaves the University Church of St Mary the Great at the end of his funeral service in Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>Eddie Redmayne during a reading as he joins F=family and friends at the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the centre of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Eddie Redmayne during a reading as he joins F=family and friends at the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the centre of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>Professor Stephen Hawking’s funeral service at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking’s funeral service at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>A photo of Professor Stephen Hawking is displayed during his funeral service at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

A photo of Professor Stephen Hawking is displayed during his funeral service at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>Professor Stephen Hawking’s funeral at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking’s funeral at the University Church of St Mary the Great in the center of Cambridge, England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Parsons/i-Images via ZUMA Press)

<p>Members of the public and media photograph the funeral cortege as it arrives at Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, England, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Members of the public and media photograph the funeral cortege as it arrives at Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, England, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

<p>The funeral cortege arrives at Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, Britain, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

The funeral cortege arrives at Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, Britain, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

<p>Relatives and family members wait as the coffin of Professor Stephen Hawking is lifted from the hearse outside University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge for his funeral service in England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire via ZUMA Press) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Relatives and family members wait as the coffin of Professor Stephen Hawking is lifted from the hearse outside University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge for his funeral service in England on March 31, 2018. (Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire via ZUMA Press)

<p>Members of the church choir arrive at Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, Britain, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

Members of the church choir arrive at Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, Britain, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

<p>The coffin of Professor Stephen Hawking arrives at University Church of St Mary the Great as mourners gather to pay their respects, in Cambridge, England, Saturday March 31, 2018. The renowned British physicist died peacefully on March 14 at the age of 76. (Photo: Joe Giddens/PA via AP) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

The coffin of Professor Stephen Hawking arrives at University Church of St Mary the Great as mourners gather to pay their respects, in Cambridge, England, Saturday March 31, 2018. The renowned British physicist died peacefully on March 14 at the age of 76. (Photo: Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

<p>A floral tribute left outside Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, Britain, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters) </p>
Funeral of Stephen Hawking

A floral tribute left outside Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, Britain, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

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