Two renowned Chinese scientists die

10:32, November 01, 2009      

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CAS oldest academician, founder of China's biophysics dies at 107


This is an undated file photo of Bei Shizhang. Bei Shizhang, founder of China's biophysics and exobiology sciences, passed away in Beijing on Oct. 29, 2009. Bei, considered as the "Father of Biophysics" in China, was born in Oct. 10, 1903, at Zhenhai county of east China's Zhejiang Province. He is the founder, the first chief director and current honorary director of Biophysics Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences. (Xinhua)

Bei Shizhang, a renowned biologist and educator and founder of China's biophysics, died Thursday morning at the age of 107, according to a statement from the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) Saturday.

Bei Shizhang, widely considered as the "Father of Biophysics" in China, was born on Oct. 10, 1903, at Zhenhai county of east China's Zhejiang Province.

He is the founder of China's biophysics, radiobiology, cosmobiology and has made important contributions to China's life science and manned space program, read the statement.

He is also a pioneer of Chinese life science research and education and served as the first chief director and honorary director of CAS's Biophysics Institute. Full story

China's "father of space technology" dies at 98


File photo of Qian Xuesen, widely acclaimed as the country's "father of space technology" and "king of rocketry". Qian died of illness here Saturday morning at the age of 98.(Xinhua File Photo)

China's keystone space scientist Qian Xuesen, widely acclaimed as the country's "father of space technology" and "king of rocketry", died of illness here Saturday morning at the age of 98.

In 1956, based on Qian's position paper on the country's defense and aviation industry, the central government set up an aviation industry committee, which later became the leading organization for China's missile and aviation programs.

Under the guidance of Qian, also known as Tsien Hsue-shen, China finished the blueprint on developing jet and rocket technology. He also played a significant role in developing the country's first artificial earth satellite.

"Mr. Qian used to hold academic seminars for us. We exchanged scientific ideas and wrote articles together. The whole time when we worked with Mr. Qian had a great influence on us," Yu Jingyuan, a senior researcher with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation told Xinhua Saturday afternoon on hearing the news.

In one of Qian's legendary stories, a missile project team encountered repeated failures during the engine experiments in 1950s. Team members couldn't figure out what was wrong and turned to him. In a meeting, Qian paced around the room, listened to everyone's ideas and ask them further questions for about 40 minutes. He then hinted the team that they should take into account the high-frequency vibration when the engine was running. Full story
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