November 02, 2009

Tsien Hsue-Shen Dead at 98

Tsien Hsue-Shen or (pinyin) Qian Xuesen known as the father of China's missile program has died in Beijing at 98. A world expert physicist, Qian's long and eventful life was turned completely upside-down when he became a victim of Senator Joseph McCarthy's witch hunt against alleged Red Chinese communist spies in America. A detailed obituary can be found here (link). Some highlights of Qian's fascinating life include:
For more check out the Sinomania! page on the Chinese space programs....

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