Extracts from the eulogy read by Professor Faye Dowker at the funeral of the late Professor Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist, in Cambridge today.
Stephen shared his work and his zest for the fundamental questions it addressed with wide audiences.
He inspired people with the excitement and importance of pure scientific enquiry and was admired and revered for his devotion, as a scholar, to the pursuit of knowledge.
This high regard was demonstrated wherever in the world he gave a public lecture: the auditorium was always packed, the atmosphere electric and the applause thunderous.
Stephen was my teacher, mentor and friend.
I, like many who knew and loved him, had come to think of him as immortal and our sorrow is tinged with a feeling of disbelief that he is no longer here.
But his influence and legacy will live forever.
Professor Hawking's ashes will be interred next to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton at Westminster Abbey in June.
Rest in peace among the stars Professor.