Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

'Time travellers' welcome to Stephen Hawking memorial

'Time travellers' welcome to Stephen Hawking memorial

Arguably the most famous scientist in recent times, Hawkings was well known for his research on black holes which further helped scientists all around the globe to unravel secrets of the universe.

"Professor Hawking once threw a party for time travellers, to see if any would turn up if he posted the invite after the party", he wrote in his site.

During the ceremony, the theoretical physicist's ashes will be buried between the graves of other great scientists notably Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton. The ceremony at Westminster Abbey will take place on June 15, for which Hawking's children are offering 1,000 free tickets to the public.

Professor Hawking, who died on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76, believed time travel could be achieved.

The organizers of the memorial services also appear to have provided time travellers a chance to be at the event.

The ballot for tickets to his memorial service closes at midnight on 15 May.

A spokesman for the foundation told the BBC that while applicants appear - so far - to be from the present day, 'we can not exclude the possibility of time travel as it has not been disproven to our satisfaction.


"However, it is likely that warping would trigger a bolt of radiation that would destroy the spaceship and maybe the space-time itself". "Anything is possible until proven otherwise", said one representative of the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

However, some claim that the this is not a time travel experiment rather a programming error that the website is accepting registration from people born two decades from now. Balloons, canapes and champagne were laid on at the event, however no one showed up.

He dressed up and waited for time travellers to arrive at a particular location at the University of Cambridge on June 28, 2009.

The invitations for the time travellers party, however, were not sent out until after the reception was over.

This is not the first time that any such experiment based on time travel is being organised.

After the "time traveller party", held in June 2009, Prof Hawking remarked that the fact that no-one turned up was "experimental evidence that time travel is not possible". Invitation to the celebration with the exact time and coordinates, was made public after the party, to her not come the charlatans.

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