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Famous Scientists from China

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List of notable or famous scientists from China, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in China and even some popular scientists who immigrated to China. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Chinese scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from China is included when available.

List contains people like Taylor Wang, Qian Xuesen.

This historic scientists from China list can help answer the questions "Who are some Chinese scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous scientists from China?" These prominent scientists of China may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Chinese scientists.

Use this list of renowned Chinese scientists to discover some new scientists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (60 items)



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    Zhou Bangxin

    Zhou Bangxin, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor of material science and engineering at Shanghai University.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Bruce Lahn is the William B. Graham professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. He is also the founder of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. His previous research specialized in human genetics and evolutionary genetics, ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: China
    • Profession: Geneticist, Scientist
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    Tan Jiazhen

    Tan Jiazhen, also known as C. C. Tan, was a Chinese geneticist. He was an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of United States National Academy of Sciences. Tan was a main founder of modern Chinese genetics.more

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    • Age: Died at 99 (1909-2008)
    • Birthplace: China
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Cai Wen

    Professor Cai Wen, born 1942 in Chenghai County, Guangdong Province, graduated from Zhongshan University in 1964. He is the chairman of the board of the Extension Engineering Special Committee, the Chinese Artificial Intelligence Association and the president of the Extension Engineering Research ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: China
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Cai Xitao

    Cai Xitao or Tsai Hse-Tao was a Chinese botanist from a village near Dongyang, Zhejiang province, China. In 1928, after studying at various institutions in Hangzhou and Shanghai, though without attaining any formal qualifications, Cai Xitao was able to secure a job at the Jing Sheng Botanic Laboratory ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1911-1981)
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Chang Chi-yun

    Chang Chi-yun was a historian, geographer, educator and politician. He was the founder of the Chinese Culture University and the Nanhai Academy, and served as Minister of Education of the Republic of China. Chang Chi-yun graduated from the Division of History and Geography of National Nanjing Higher ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1901-1985)
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Charles K. Kao
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    The Honourable Sir Charles Kuen Kao, GBM, KBE, FRS, FREng is a Chinese-born Hong Kong, American and British electrical engineer and physicist who pioneered in the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications. Kao, known as the "Godfather of Broadband", "Father of Fiber Optics" or "Father of ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Shanghai, China
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist, Engineer
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    Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, also known as Yang Zhenning, is a Chinese-born American physicist who works on statistical mechanics and particle physics. He and Tsung-dao Lee received the 1957 Nobel prize in physics for their work on parity nonconservation of weak interaction. The two proved experimentally ...more

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    • Age: age 93
    • Birthplace: Hefei, China
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Chien Wei-zang or Qian Weichang was a Chinese physicist and applied mathematician, as well as academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Chien, a scientist and educator, was the President of Shanghai University. He was born in Wuxi County, Jiangsu Province, China, on October 9, 1912. After ...more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1912-2010)
    • Birthplace: China, Eurasia, Asia
    • Profession: Mathematician, Journalist, Physicist, Educator, Scientist
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    Chien-Shiung Wu
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    Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the research of radioactivity. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into the uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1912-1997)
    • Birthplace: Taicang, China
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist
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    Chih Ree Sun was a Chinese American physicist most noted with breaking new ground in modern physics as a professor at the State University of New York in Albany, he danced his way through life and spent time writing Chinese poetry after he retired.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1923-2007)
    • Birthplace: Anhui, China
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Coching Chu

    Coching Chu or Zhu Kezhen was a prominent Chinese meteorologist, geologist and educator. Born in Shangyu, Zhejiang, Chu went to United States for further education in 1910. He graduated from College of Agriculture, University of Illinois in 1913. Five years later, he received a Ph.D. in meteorology from ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1890-1974)
    • Birthplace: Shangyu District, China
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Professor Ding Zhongli, is a renowned geologist in China and current vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: China
    • Profession: Scientist, Geologist
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    Dr. Edmond Locard was a pioneer in forensic science who became known as the "Sherlock Holmes of France". He formulated the basic principle of forensic science: "Every contact leaves a trace". This became known as Locard's exchange principle.more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1877-1966)
    • Birthplace: Saint-Chamond, Loire, France
    • Profession: Criminologist, Scientist
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    Gan De was a Chinese astronomer/astrologer born in the State of Qi also known as the Lord Gan. Along with Shi Shen, he is believed to be the first in history known by name to compile a star catalogue, preceded by the anonymous authors of the early Babylonian star catalogues and followed by the Greek ...more

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    • Profession: Scientist, Astrologer, Astronomer
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    Liu Gaolian

    Gaolian Liu, is a scientist of Engineering Thermal Physics and Hydrodynamics, a professor of Shanghai University and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Zhou Guozhi

    Zhou Guozhi is a Chinese engineer. He is an academician with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a professor of material science and engineering in Shanghai University.more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Profession: Scientist, Engineer
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    HongJia Huang is academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a professor at Shanghai University.more

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    • Age: age 91
    • Birthplace: China, Eurasia, Asia
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Hsien Wu

    Hsien Wu was an early protein scientist who was the first to propose that protein denaturation was a purely conformational change, i.e., corresponded to protein unfolding and not to some chemical alteration of the protein. This crucial idea was popularized later by Linus Pauling and Alfred Mirsky. Wu ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1893-1959)
    • Birthplace: Fuzhou, China
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Fu Jiamo

    JiaMo Fu, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, professor of environmental and architectural engineering in Shanghai University. He has written about recycling electronic waste.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Profession: Scientist, Engineer
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