March 14 was a day of great loss. British scientist Stephen William Hawking, was gone.
As a global household name, Hawking is recognized and highly respected for his passion, and his unique life philosophy, besides all his great scientific achievements.
Hawking set up his Weibo account in 2016 and since then, he has had nearly 5 million followers. His last Weibo post was a response to a question by Wang Junkai, an 18-year-old Chinese singer and actor, one of the members of popular band TF Boys.
The post attached a short video giving a very detailed answer, which read: “It has granted me insight into the thoughts and curiosities of Chinese millennials regarding the future. It is this curiosity and confidence that I hope to see grow as you pursue science and other creative ideas, and which will be celebrated in the Tencent Next Idea Innovation Contest. Let’s look to the future together. ”
The Weibo post got 284,486 likes, 92,877 comments, and 77,857 reposts.
Many of the netizens commented: “It’s such a touching co-existence that a globally venerable physicist talks to an 18-year-old Chinese popular star. He was not only responding to Wang. Wang is only a representative of the whole young Chinese generation.”
Lots of Chinese celebrities, including Wang Junkai, took to Weibo and paid their tributes to Hawking. Wang posted: “My deep tribute to Mr. Stephen Hawking. You belong to the universe. I’ll keep your words in my mind forever”.
Below Hawking’s latest Weibo post, many netizens expressed how they were encouraged and inspired by this great mind.
“Thanks, Professor Hawking. You are a great encouragement for us to explore the secrets of the universe.” —From Weibo Account 孩子气的神仙
“Thanks for giving the answer. As someone the same age as Wang, I feel very encouraged to stay curious about the future and the universe.” —From Weibo Account 佟妃娘娘
“Professor Hawking lives up his reputation as our illuminator to future life. He never stops inspiring young generation to be creative. I hope more young people could be inspired by his answer to Wang, and pay close attention to the future.” —From Weibo user 娱贩子
“Rest in peace Professor Hawking. The whole universe is your resting place.” —From Weibo user 孤独的寡妇雷
”I followed Professor Hawking’s Weibo account since the first day he set it up. He is one of the greatest minds in our era. People usually overgrows curiosity, but he never stopped being curious. Hope the whole Chinese young generation can follow his great example and never give up pursuing their dreams.” —From Weibo account 凯宝宝家的小熊熊