Wang Sujing: the 'Chinese Stephen Hawking'

By Lin Liyao
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For most of us, life is a struggle. But for Wang Sujing, overcoming tremendous physical disability to become one of the stars of Chinese academia has been a lifelong endeavor.

From disabled child to post-graduate student and then Ph.D. candidate, Wang's intelligence and perseverance has earned him the title of the "Chinese Stephen Hawking."

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Born in 1976, Wang's mother suffered complications in childbirth, which cut off oxygen to Wang's brain, leaving him with permanent brain damage that left him disabled. Although he can not stand upright on his legs, can not write by his hands, and can not eat by himself, Wang never gave up his dream of pursuing advanced study in engineering and mathematics.

In order to hold a pen to write and prevent his body from shaking, he does exercises to grasp chess and ties sandbags under his knees. With practice he is able to use a mouse and keyboard with his left hand. Exams are much more difficult; his handwriting is so slow that he often can not finish the test on time.

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