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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."


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.


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