Crowds gather outside Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking is being held, in Cambridge, Britain, March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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The funeral service -- being held a short distance from Gonville and Caius College where Hawking worked for more than 50 years -- was open to around 500 guests who knew him.Eulogies were to be delivered by Robert Hawking, the physicist's eldest child, and Professor Fay Dowker, one of Hawking's former students.The church bell was to toll 76 times, once for each year of Hawking's life, when his coffin arrived.Born on Jan. 8, 1942, Hawking died in his home in Cambridge.Hawking's family has asked six college porters, many of whom provided support for Hawking when he visited for dinners and other events, to carry his coffin.
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