If you want to attend the memorial service being held in Westminster Abbey next month to celebrate the life of Professor Stephen Hawking, then a public ballot opens today.
His three children, Robert, Lucy and Tim are offering tickets for the service to the public through the ballot system, run by the Stephen Hawking Foundation. The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, has also decided to open the Abbey free of charge following the service so that people can pay their respects at Professor Hawking’s grave.
Applications can be made here, and up to 1,000 places are available.
The ballot closes next Tuesday, 15th May at midnight.
The memorial service takes place on Friday 16th June at noon.
The Stephen Hawking Foundation exists to continue the work, aims and endeavours of Professor Stephen Hawking. For more information on the aims and objectives of the Foundation, visit: www.stephenhawkingfoundation.org
Are time Travellers attending?
As an aside, Professor Hawking once threw a party for time travellers, to see if any would turn up if he posted the invite after the party. None did, but it seems perfect that the memorial website allows people born in the future to attend the service. Look out for time travellers at the Abbey.
Well, this blew up a bit. After I spotted the time travel option, it sparked a huge amount of interest on Twitter, leading to an article in the BBC, and then… everywhere!
It’s lovely to see that so many people were as attracted to his mischievous sense of scientific humour, and maybe it all made people think for a moment about the science he worked on throughout his long life.
A selection of news reports: