How Stephen Hawking reached cult status in China

“It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love,” Stephen Hawking once said.
Those words resonated across the world on Wednesday as news of his death broke, including in China where the visionary British scientist enjoyed cult status, beloved and admired by academics, students and even the state.
The theoretical physicist who was considered to be the world’s greatest living scientist died peacefully at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday at…

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