Harbin Institute of Technology

Academician DU Shanyi: His Patriotism Over Half a Century

Updated: 2019/11/18

Written by: ZHANG Binnan
Translated by: YU Shuangshuang
Edited by: William Mosteller
Date: 11-6

In the 1960s

with the initial intention of cultivating talents

for the industrialization of China

Academician DU Shanyi chose to take root in the frontier


Fifty-five years have passed

he has never changed his mind

He still enjoys scientific research, strategic planning, and team building

He is Du Shanyi, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering


In the early 1980s

as one of the first batch of visiting scholars to go abroad for further study

he kept the needs of the CPC Party and China in mind

and studied assiduously

He finally found composite materials

which is an academic direction vital to the development of the space industry


He declined being retained by his foreign tutors

And resolutely returned back to China

He adhered to his initial mission:

serve the country through the development of science and technology

He led the team, overcame numerous difficulties,

and solved lots of key problems in the field of composite materials


Now in his eighties

he is still healthy and hearty and has a full schedule

Academician DU Shanyi said:

Among the many important life choices he has made,

it is the spirit of the ‘Eight Hundred Heroes’ of HIT

that has exerted a subtle influence on him

He also inadvertently passed on this spirit to his students


What he really cares and worries about is

The discipline construction and personnel training

the development of HIT in the next century

the great dream of building China into a leading power in science, technology, and education

a great modern socialist country


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