Wednesday, April 13 2016 16:20 EEST
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Stephen Hawking, known as one of the greatest living scientific minds in the world, opened his account Tuesday on Weibo
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During the first 30 minutes after the famous scientist Stephen Hawking created his account, the number of his subscribers reached 140,000 people. On Tuesday, the famous physicist Stephen Hawking created an account on Chinese analog of Twitter, which is known as Weibo.

"I greet my friends in China! How long ago it was! The last time I visited China was in 2006, when I took part in a conference on physics in Beijing. It was an unusual experience." Hawking wrote in Weibo.

At the moment, the scientist has more than 740,000 followers who had given him more than 252,000 "likes".

According to China Radio International (CRI), during the first 30 minutes after the famous scientist created his account, the number of his subscribers reached 140,000 people.

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist, famous popularizer of science and author of "A Brief History of Time" that has sold over 10 million copies. He studied the origin of cosmological singularity – the initial state of the universe.

In 1963, 22-year-old Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The doctors then believed that he would have only two or three years to live. However, their expectations were wrong, because the scientist continued his work, married two times and became the father of three. Hawking is completely paralyzed, but he has an active life – he is engaged in science, gives lectures and makes speeches, communicating with the whole world via speech synthesizer. Earlier, an outstanding biographical drama film The Theory of Everything, based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen written by the physicist’s ex-wife Jane Wilde Hawking, was released. The movie tells the scientist’s life story.

Sina Weibo microblogging service is similar to Twitter and has more than 500 million users. It was launched in 2009.

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