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Pioneer scientist dies at 98

QIAN Weichang, renowned physicist and applied mathematician who is credited with founding the study of modern mechanics in China, died in Shanghai today aged 98.

Qian passed away peacefully at 6am today in Shanghai Huadong Hospital. His achievements have made him one of the most prominent founding fathers of China's modern scientific research.

In 1942, Qian obtained a PhD at the University of Toronto. He worked as a research associate in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Caltech after that.

But the trajectory of Qian's life was soon led back to China as he returned in 1946 and became a professor at Tsinghua University, Peking University and Yanjing University.

Qian once said that all the big choices he made in his life were for China's prosperity.


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