Stephen Hawk­ing:

Across the Uni­verse

NewsChina - - CONTENTS - By Qian Wei

In 1979, Wu Zhongchao went to Cam­bridge Univer­sity as a se­nior vis­it­ing scholar from the Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of China (USTC) in He­fei, An­hui Province. Five years later, he com­pleted his PHD in cos­mol­ogy un­der the tute­lage of em­i­nent physi­cist Stephen Hawk­ing (1942-2018).

Wu trans­lated sev­eral of Hawk­ing's renowned works into Chi­nese, in­clud­ing A Brief His­tory of Time and The Uni­verse in a Nut­shell, and main­tained a life-long friend­ship with his men­tor.

On March 14, when news of Hawk­ing's death at the age of 76 reached Wu, who was then in the US state of Colorado, he was over­whelmed by a mix of feel­ings. Through a tele­phone in­ter­view, he gave an in­side ac­count of Hawk­ing's three vis­its to China.

De­but Visit

In the early 1980s, China had just started open­ing its door to the out­side world, and many peo­ple from across the globe were hop­ing to visit the an­cient and mys­te­ri­ous Mid­dle King­dom. Hawk­ing was among them, but he had no idea which univer­sity was suitable to

Stephen Hawk­ing gives a speech at Zhe­jiang Univer­sity on Au­gust 15, 2002

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