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Renowned Shanghai professor dies at 87

Gu Chaohao, mathematician and winner of China's top science and technology award, died in Shanghai yesterday. He was 87.

Fudan University, where Gu was dean of the math research institute, said: "Dr Gu has been working hard on the education frontline, passing on his own knowledge unreservedly to younger generations and has raised several academicians and numerous high-level math elites."

Gu, a native of Wenzhou in neighboring Zhejiang Province, was elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1980 for breakthrough achievements in cutting-edge math research fields, such as differential geometry, partial differential equations and math-physics.

His research achievements won him China's State Scientific and Technological Award for 2009.

A minor planet, 171448 Guchaohao, was named after him the same year for his contributions to math and education.

After graduating from Zhejiang University in 1948, Gu taught there before moving to Fudan in 1953.

Later, he obtained a PhD degree in math and physics from Moscow State University.

On his return, Gu was made a professor and served respectively as Fudan's vice president and president of the University of Science and Technology of China based in Hefei, Anhui Province.


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