He was always ahead of his time. The application for members of the public to attend the theoretical physicist’s memorial service includes an option for those born between the years 2019 and 2038. “We cannot exclude the possibility of time travel as it has not been disproven to our satisfaction,” a spokesperson for the Stephen Hawking Foundation said. There are 1,000 public places available, and within 24 hours of opening around 12,000 had applied. Hawking’s ashes will be buried between Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey next month.