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Tribute to Father of China's Modern Physics

8 August 2010
 

Qian Weichang (钱伟长), the father of China's modern physics, passed away in Shanghai on August 30 at age of 98. He was once wrongly branded as a right wing and sent to work at a steel factory.

The following are some of his famous quotes:

I’m not a Party member, but I identify with Party’s aspiration and like to work towards that goal. For the sake of a prosperous China, I wouldn't mind to be treated unfairly, I have no regrets. This is the spirit with which many great men in Chinese history accomplished monumental tasks for the nation. It is about placing the national interest ahead of your own. The past sages left a great number of teachings on this, such as Fan Zhongyan who wonderfully articulated that "I’m willing to be the first in the world to confront the peril and the last under the heaven to enjoy the life."

我不是党员,不过我还是拿党的事业作为我的终生事业。为了我们的民族,我们个人吃点亏不要后悔,不值得后悔。我们历史上有许多英雄人物靠这么点精神,为我们中华民族立了大功绩!这就是公而忘私。我们先哲对我们的教育是很多的,譬如像范仲淹那句话“先天下之忧而忧,后天下之乐而乐”的名言就很精彩的!换句话说,就是我们要为天下着想,也就是为中华民族、为党的事业着想

Some people say I don’t know how to advance my career, but keep trying my hands at different subjects. My answer is that my career objective is to serve my country. Whatever my country needs me to do, I’ll do it, because I know I can.

有人说我不务正业,今天干这个,明天又干那个。我说我是看国家哪方面需要我,我就力所能及地去干。我的基础好一点,有这个能力可以这样做

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Some comments on the news at china.com:

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It's all because the PLA is an army established by Mao Zedong for the purpose of "serving the people"!
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