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Chinese premier visits optical physicist Wang Daheng

17 August 2010

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited four renowned elderly scientists on August 7, and expressed his sincere gratitude to them for their enormous contributions to developing the country's science programs.

One of the four was Wang Daheng, the renowned optical physicist (and SPIE Fellow), now 95 years old. Wang studied optics at Imperial College and returned to China "determined to work hard and help our country with science," he said in a 2007 interview published in SPIE Professional magazine.

In 1951, he was assigned to establish the Chinese Academy of Science Instrument Laboratory in Changchun in 1951 to meet the country's need for precision optical instruments. He was named the director in 1958 when it became the Changchun Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics. Today it is the Changchun University of Science and Technology.

Article from Chinese Association for Science and Technology
January 2007 SPIE Professional article: Legend in Chinese Optics