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Qian Xuesen

Qian Xuesen

Qian Xuesen was a scientist who made important contributions to the missile and space programs of both the United States and People's Republic of China. The name he used while in the United States was Hsue-Shen Tsien or H.S. Tsien. During the 1940s Qian was one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. During the Second Red Scare of the 1950s, the United States government accused Qian of having communist sympathies, and he was stripped of his security clearance in 1950. Qian then decided to return to China, but instead was detained at Terminal Island near Los Angeles. After spending 5 years under virtual house arrest, Qian was released ... more on Wikipedia

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