British scientist Stephen Hawking visits the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in 2006. Photo: AFP

How Stephen Hawking reached cult status in China

Visionary scientist visited the country three times and once even sent a message of encouragement to students sitting the college entrance exam

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British scientist Stephen Hawking visits the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in 2006. Photo: AFP
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.

Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung became a political journalist in 2007. He joined the Post in 2012 and now leads the Hong Kong-mainland relations team on the Hong Kong desk. Tony also writes about the economy, and reports from mainland China, the United States, Germany and Britain.