Yangyang Cheng, an emerging top science and security expert, cites the late physicist Stephen Hawking as an influence on her career. Photo: Handout

How Stephen Hawking’s Chinese disciple is smashing universal barriers in his spirit

Emerging top scientist Yangyang Cheng credits famous physicist Hawking with helping to heal her wounds after she lost her father at age 10

Topic |   China science

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Yangyang Cheng, an emerging top science and security expert, cites the late physicist Stephen Hawking as an influence on her career. Photo: Handout
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Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.