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Famous Scientists from China

Updated June 14, 2019 23.0k views60 items

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.

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    Pan Jiazheng

    Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)

    BirthplaceShaoxing, China


    Pan Jiazheng (simplified Chinese: 潘家铮; traditional Chinese: 潘家錚; pinyin: Pān Jiāzhēng; November 12, 1927 – July 13, 2012) was a Chinese hydraulic engineer and scientist....  more
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    Qian Xuesen

    Dec. at 98 (1911-2009)

    BirthplaceHangzhou, China


    Qian Xuesen, or Hsue-Shen Tsien (Chinese: 钱学森; 11 December 1911 – 31 October 2009), was a Chinese rocket scientist, mathematician, and physicist who made significant contributions to the field of...  more
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    Ren Mei'e (Chinese: 任美鍔; Wade–Giles: Jen Mei-e; 1913–2008) was a Chinese geomorphologist, geologist, marine and coastal scientist, educator and professor, who was the main founder for the study of...  more
  • 29

    Li Sanli

    Age: 85


    Li Sanli (Chinese: 李三立; pinyin: Lǐ Sānlì, born August 24, 1935) is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), professor of Tsinghua University, dean and professor of School of...  more
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    Shen Kuo

    Dec. at 64 (1031-1095)

    BirthplaceHangzhou, China


    Shen Kuo (Chinese: 沈括; 1031–1095) or Shen Gua, courtesy name Cunzhong (存中) and pseudonym Mengqi (now usually given as Mengxi) Weng (夢溪翁), was a Chinese polymathic scientist and statesman of the Song...  more
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    Shi Shen

    Shi Shen (Chinese: 石申; Wade–Giles: Shih Shen, fl. 4th century BC) was a Chinese astronomer and astrologer. He was a contemporary of Gan De born in the State of Wei, also known as the Shi Shenfu....  more
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    Shiing-Shen Chern

    Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceJiaxing, China


    Shiing-Shen Chern (; Chinese: 陳省身; pinyin: Chén Xǐngshēn, Mandarin: [tʂʰən.ɕiŋ.ʂən]; October 28, 1911 – December 3, 2004) was a Chinese-American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to...  more
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    Shonglin Zhuang

    Age: 80


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    Song Yingxing

    Dec. at 79 (1587-1666)

    BirthplaceYichun, Jiangxi, China


    Song Yingxing (Traditional Chinese: 宋應星; Simplified Chinese: 宋应星; Wade Giles: Sung Ying-Hsing; 1587-1666 AD) was a Chinese scientist and encyclopedist who lived during the late Ming Dynasty...  more
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    Su Song

    Dec. at 81 (1020-1101)

    BirthplaceQuanzhou, China


    Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, zoologist,...  more
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    Sun Laiyan

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceBeijing, China


    Sun Laiyan (simplified Chinese: 孙来燕; traditional Chinese: 孫來燕; pinyin: Sūn Láiyàn; born October 1957) is a Chinese scientist who served as the Administrator of the China National Space Administration...  more
  • 37

    BirthplaceJiangxi, China


    Taylor Gun-Jin Wang (simplified Chinese: 王赣骏; traditional Chinese: 王贛駿; pinyin: Wáng Gànjùn; born June 16, 1940) is a Chinese American scientist and in 1985, became the first Chinese person to go...  more
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    Tong Dizhou

    Dec. at 77 (1902-1979)



    Tong Dizhou (Chinese: 童第周; May 28, 1902 - March 30, 1979) was a Chinese embryologist known for his contributions to the field of cloning. He was a vice president of Chinese Academy of Science....  more
  • 39

    BirthplaceShanghai, China


    Tsung-Dao Lee (T. D. Lee; Chinese: 李政道; pinyin: Lǐ Zhèngdào; born November 24, 1926) is a Chinese-American physicist, known for his work on parity violation, the Lee Model, particle physics,...  more
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    Hao Wang

    Dec. at 74 (1921-1995)

    BirthplaceQihe County


    Hao Wang (Chinese: 王浩; pinyin: Wáng Hào; 20 May 1921 – 13 May 1995) was a logician, philosopher, mathematician, and commentator on Kurt Gödel....  more
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    BirthplaceChangtu County, China


    Wang Yongzhi (simplified Chinese: 王永志; traditional Chinese: 王永誌; pinyin: Wáng Yǒngzhì; born 17 November 1932), born in Changtu County, Liaoning, China, is an aerospace scientist and academician at...  more
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    Wang You

    Dec. at 87 (1910-1997)



    Wang You (Chinese: 汪猷; pinyin: Wāng Yóu; 7 June 1910 – 6 May 1997), also known as Yu Wang, was a Chinese biochemist. He was a pioneer of antibiotics and biochemistry studies in China....  more
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    Wei Pu (Chinese: 衛朴; Wade-Giles: Wei P'u) was an 11th-century Chinese astronomer and politician of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). He was born a commoner, but eventually rose to prominence as an...  more
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    Weng Wenhao

    Dec. at 82 (1889-1971)



    Weng Wenhao (simplified Chinese: 翁文灏; traditional Chinese: 翁文灝; pinyin: Wēng Wénhào; 26 July 1889 – 27 January 1971) was a Chinese geologist, educator, and paramount politician. He was one of the...  more
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    Wu Mengchao

    Age: 98



    Dr. Wu Mengchao (Chinese: 吴孟超; born 31 August 1922), is a Chinese hepatobiliary surgery scientist and surgeon, and an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Wu was born in Minqing County,...  more
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    Xu Kuangdi

    Age: 82



    Xu Kuangdi KmstkNO FREng (Chinese: 徐匡迪; pinyin: Xú Kuāngdí; born December 1937) is a Chinese politician and scientist, best known for his term as Mayor of Shanghai from 1995 to 2001. He supervised...  more
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    Xu Xing

    Age: 51



    Xu Xing, Hsü Hsing or Xing Xu may refer to: Xu Xing (philosopher) (許行; 4th century BCE), philosopher of Ancient China Xu Xing (paleontologist) (徐星; born 1969) Xing Xu (sport shooter)...  more
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    Yang Fuyu

    Age: 93
    Yang Fuyu (Traditional Chinese: 楊福愉, Simplified Chinese: 杨福愉) (1927-), a Chinese biochemist and biophysicist, is the main founder of biomembrane study in China. He is the current chief of the...  more
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    Yang Huanming

    Yang Huanming (Chinese: 杨焕明; born 6 October 1952), also known as Henry Yang, is a Chinese biologist and businessman. one of China's leading genetics researchers. He is Chairman and co-founder of the...  more
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    Yang Zhongjian

    Dec. at 82 (1897-1979)



    Yang Zhongjian (Chinese: 杨钟健; Wade–Giles: Yang Chung-chien; 1 June 1897 – 15 January 1979), courtesy name Keqiang (克强), also known as C.C. (Chung Chien) Young, was one of China's foremost vertebrate...  more