42 Notable alumni of
Beijing Normal University

Beijing Normal University is 809th in the world, 169th in Asia, and 16th in China by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 42 notable alumni from Beijing Normal University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Liu Xiaobo

    Liu Xiaobo
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1955-2017 (aged 62)
    Enrolled in Beijing Normal University
    1982-1984 graduated with Master of Arts
    1986-1988 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy in literary studies
    Occupations
    literary criticpoethuman rights activistwriter
    Biography

    Liu Xiaobo was a Chinese writer, literary critic, human rights activist, philosopher and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who called for political reforms and was involved in campaigns to end communist one-party rule in China. He was arrested numerous times, and has been described as China's most prominent dissident and the country's most famous political prisoner. On 26 June 2017, he was granted medical parole after being diagnosed with liver cancer, and died a few weeks later on 13 July 2017.

  2. Chai Ling

    Chai Ling
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    human rights activistbusinessperson
    Biography

    Chai Ling is a Chinese psychologist who was one of the student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. She is the founder of All Girls Allowed, an organization dedicated to ending China's one-child policy, and the founder and president of Jenzabar, an enterprise resource planning software firm for educational institutions.

  3. Mo Yan

    Mo Yan
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    teachernovelistwriterscreenwriter
    Biography

    Guan Moye, better known by the pen name Mo Yan, is a Chinese novelist and short story writer. Donald Morrison of U.S. news magazine TIME referred to him as "one of the most famous, oft-banned and widely pirated of all Chinese writers", and Jim Leach called him the Chinese answer to Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller. In 2012, Mo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work as a writer "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary".

  4. Timothy Geithner

    Timothy Geithner
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    economistbankerpolitician
    Biography

    Timothy Franz Geithner is a former American central banker who served as the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. He was the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2003 to 2009, following service in the Clinton administration. Since March 2014, he has served as president and managing director of Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm headquartered in New York City.

  5. Wu'erkaixi

    Wu'erkaixi
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    human rights activistpunditdissidentpoliticianopinion journalist
    Biography

    Örkesh Dölet, commonly known as Wu'erkaixi (from the pinyin spelling of his name), is a political commentator known for his leading role during the Tiananmen protests of 1989.

  6. Lang Ping

    Lang Ping
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    beach volleyball playervolleyball coachvolleyball player
    Biography

    "Jenny" Lang Ping is a former Chinese volleyball player and the current head coach of China women's national volleyball team. She was the former head coach of the United States women's national volleyball team, herself being the MVP of women volleyball in 1984 Olympics.

  7. Lao She

    Lao She
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1899-1966 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    playwrightscience fiction writerwriterpoliticianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Shu Qingchun, known by his pen name Lao She, was a Chinese novelist and dramatist. He was one of the most significant figures of 20th-century Chinese literature, and is best known for his novel Rickshaw Boy and the play Teahouse (茶馆). He was of Manchu ethnicity, and his works are known especially for their vivid use of the Beijing dialect.

  8. Pan Yueming

    Pan Yueming
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    television actoractor
    Biography

    Pan Yueming is a Chinese actor. Pan is noted for his roles as Tai Lin in the film A Love of Blueness, and as twin brothers Guan Hongfeng and Guan Hongyu on the Chinese web series Day and Night.

  9. Li Min

    Li Min
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1936-.. (age 86)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Li Min, original name Mao Jiaojiao (Chinese: 毛姣姣; pinyin: Máo Jiāojiāo), is a Chinese politician who is the daughter of Mao Zedong and his third wife, He Zizhen. Her surname is Li rather than Mao, because Mao had changed his name to "Li Desheng" (simplified Chinese: 李德胜; traditional Chinese: 李德勝; pinyin: Lǐ Déshèng) for a period of time to prevent himself from being chased by the Kuomintang army during the Chinese Civil War.

  10. Ye Qun

    Ye Qun
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1920-1971 (aged 51)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ye Qun was the wife of Lin Biao, the Vice Chairman of Chinese Communist Party who controlled China's military power along with Chairman Mao Zedong. She was mostly known for taking care of politics for her husband. Ye was a member of the 9th Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party. She died with Lin Biao and their son Lin Liguo in a plane crash over Mongolia on September 13, 1971. They also had a daughter, Lin Liheng (Doudou), who was not on the airplane.

  11. Yang Jianli

    Yang Jianli
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    human rights activist
    Biography

    Yang Jianli is a Chinese dissident with United States residency. He is the son of a Communist Party leader. Detained in China in 2002, he was released in 2007. He now lives in the United States, where he is a human rights activist.

  12. Qigong

    Qigong
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1912-2005 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    painterhistorianart historian
    Biography

    Qigong was a renowned Chinese calligrapher, artist, painter, connoisseur and sinologist. He was an advisor for the September 3 Society, one of China's recognized political parties.

  13. Wang Meng

    Wang Meng
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1934-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    translatorwriterpolitician
    Biography

    Wang Meng is a Chinese writer who served as Minister of Culture from 1986 to 1989.

  14. Xu Guangping

    Xu Guangping
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1898-1968 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    politicianwriter
    Biography

    Xu Guangping, her former name "Xu Chongqian" (许崇媊), was a Chinese female writer, politician, and social activist. She was well known as the partner of Chinese writer Lu Xun.

  15. Huang Xianfan

    Huang Xianfan
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1899-1982 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    politicianfolkloristeducatorethnologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Huang Xianfan was a Zhuang Chinese historian, ethnologist and educator.

  16. Xie Jun

    Xie Jun
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1970-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    politicianchess player
    Biography

    Xie Jun is a Chinese chess grandmaster. She had two separate reigns as Women's World Chess Champion, from 1991 to 1996 and again from 1999 to 2001. Xie is one of three women to have at least two separate reigns, besides Elisaveta Bykova and Hou Yifan. Xie Jun is the current president of the Chinese Chess Association.

  17. Chen Yibing

    Chen Yibing
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    artistic gymnast
    Biography

    Chen Yibing is a Chinese gymnast, a four-time world champion on still rings. Chen was part of the Chinese team that won the gold medal in the team event at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 (no team competition in 2005 and 2009) and the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010. Since his international debut at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, he was almost unbeatable on his specialist event, still rings, except to his teammate Yan Mingyong in 2009 and the Brazilian Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He became the 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 world champions on still rings.

  18. Adora Svitak

    Adora Svitak
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1997-.. (age 25)
    Enrolled in Beijing Normal University
    Studied Studies of the Chinese Language
    Occupations
    oratorwriter
    Biography

    Adora Svitak is an American writer, public speaker, former child prodigy, and activist. She now works for the Wikimedia Foundation as a communications associate.

  19. Zhou Xiaozhou

    Zhou Xiaozhou
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1912-1966 (aged 54)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Zhou Xiaozhou was a Chinese politician and communist revolutionary, who served as Communist Party Secretary of Hunan from 1953 to 1957. He committed suicide during the Cultural Revolution.

  20. Yuan Guiren

    Yuan Guiren
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1950-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yuan Guiren is a Chinese academic and politician. He is formerly served as Minister of Education of China and president of Beijing Normal University, his alma mater.

  21. Zhang Shenfu

    Zhang Shenfu
    Years
    1893-1986 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    philosopher
    Biography

    Zhang Shenfu, born Zhang Songnian (张崧年), courtesy name Shenfu (申甫), was a founder of the Chinese Communist Party, a philosopher, and a political activist. Zhang was born on June 15, 1893, in Xiaoduo village, Zhili (modern Hebei). His father, Zhang Liangong, was a senior official. In 1912, Zhang enrolled at Middle School Affiliated to Senior Normal School (高等师范学堂附属中学班) in Beiping (today Beijing). He later enrolled at Peking University to study philosophy and math in 1914. After graduating, Zhang started to lecture at Peking University, as well as assisting the work of university librarian Li Dazhao. When the Chinese Communist Party was founded by Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao in the French concession of Shanghai in 1921 as a study society and informal network, Zhang organized the counterpart group in France (latter used to engage in Lyon Sino-French University after WWI) and then introduced his fiancée Liu Qingyang and friend Zhou Enlai to CCP. In 1925, due to disagreements with other representatives at the fourth congress, Zhang quit the party. After CCP won the Chinese Civil War, Zhang was employed as a researcher at the National Library with Zhou Enlai's permission. Due to his political stance, Zhang was labeled as right-wing in 1957 during the Anti-Rightist Campaign. After Mao's death and the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee, he was rehabilitated. He died in 1986 at 93 years old.

  22. Lu Shijia

    Lu Shijia
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1911-1986 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacherphysicist
    Biography

    Lu Shijia, also known as Hsiu-Chen Chang-Lu, was a Chinese physicist and aerospace engineer who helped create China's first high-speed wind tunnel. She founded and chaired the aerodynamics program at Beihang University, the first in the country.

  23. Ying Liang

    Ying Liang
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    film director
    Biography

    Ying Liang is a Chinese independent film director and screenwriter.

  24. Hai Xia

    Hai Xia
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    television presenternews presenter
    Biography

    Hai Xia is a Chinese news anchor for China Central Television, the main state announcer of China.

  25. Huang Shao-ku

    Huang Shao-ku
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1901-1996 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Huang Shao-ku was a Taiwanese politician. He was the Vice Premier from 1954 to 1958 and 1966 to 1969.

  26. Rahile Dawut

    Rahile Dawut
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    linguist
    Biography

    Rahile Dawut was a professor at Xinjiang University in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and is internationally recognized as an expert in Uyghur folklore and traditions. She has received awards and grants from China’s Ministry of Culture, and is the founder of a folklore institute. She is suspected of being held by state authorities at an undisclosed location. She was disappeared by the Chinese government in 2017 and has not been seen since.

  27. Shao Ting

    Shao Ting
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1989-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Shao Ting is a Chinese basketball player for the Beijing Great Wall and the Chinese national team, where she participated at the 2014 FIBA World Championship. After playing in China, Ting was an undrafted free agent for the Lynx out of her country in 2017.

  28. Li Sizhong

    Li Sizhong
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1921-2009 (aged 88)
    Enrolled in Beijing Normal University
    1948-1950 studied ichthyology
    Occupations
    authortranslatorautobiographerbiologistzoologist
    Biography

    Li Sizhong was an ichthyologist with the Institute of Zoology (中国科学院动物研究所) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Throughout his research career, he made numerous discoveries of new fish species (or subspecies), and published many books and research papers describing the fauna and geographical distribution of fishes in China and beyond. He translated and helped publication of the Chinese editions of Fishes of the World (2nd edition, by Joseph S. Nelson) and Fish Migration (a popular science book by Russian zoologist Peter Schmidt). Li was the major author of two published volumes in the Fauna Sinica monograph series, systematically reviewing and describing orders of bony fishes that include flat fish, cod, silverside, pearlfish, killifish, flying fish, etc. in or near China. He had written over 40 popular science articles about fish on Chinese newspapers and magazines, and been responsible for compiling and editing fish-related entries in several standard reference books (including Encyclopedia of China and Zhonghua Dadian).

  29. Gucheng Zhou

    Gucheng Zhou
    Years
    1898-1996 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    politiciansociologist
    Biography

    Zhou Gucheng was a Chinese male politician, who served as the vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

  30. Pu Jiexiu

    Pu Jiexiu
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1907-2000 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    politicianentrepreneur
    Biography

    Pu Jiexiu was a Chinese entrepreneur and former Vice Chair of the Central Committee of the China National Democratic Construction Association.

  31. Xu Lin

    Xu Lin
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Xu Lin is vice-minister-level official of the People's Republic of China, serving on the State Council. She has held the post of Chief Executive and Director of the Confucius Institutes worldwide since 2004. She is Director General of the Hanban, or Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

  32. Ouang Te Tchao

    Ouang Te Tchao
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1905-1998 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    politicianphysicist
    Biography

    Wang Dezhao or Ouang Te-Tchao was a Chinese physicist who was known for his research in atmospheric electricity and underwater acoustics. Under the direction of Paul Langevin, he helped the French improve sonar at the beginning of World War II and after his return to China, Wang was considered as the founder of national defense water acoustics in China.

  33. Su Bingqi

    Su Bingqi
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1909-1997 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    archaeologist
    Biography

    Su Bingqi was a Chinese archaeologist and co-founder of Peking University's archaeology program. He was China's major archaeological theoretician for 50 years, and regarded in his later years as the paramount authority in the archaeology of China. He was best known for his "regional systems and cultural types" (区系类型) model of Chinese Neolithic cultural development, which rejected the traditional view of Chinese culture radiating from the core Central Plain region and has been widely adopted. It was further developed by Kwang-chih Chang as the Chinese Interaction Sphere model.

  34. Chu Tunan

    Chu Tunan
    Years
    1899-1994 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    politicianEsperantist
    Biography

    Chu Tu'nan was a Chinese male politician, who served as a vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee of the 6th National People's Congress.

  35. Gao Heng

    Gao Heng
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1900-1986 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    philologist
    Biography

    Gao Heng was a Chinese philologist and palaeographer, known for his work on the modern interpretation of the I Ching. Among his most important accomplishments, he published a new translation of the ancient political treatise of Lord Shang with an original commentary in the (tumultuous) context of the 1970s.

  36. Liu Jianwei

    Liu Jianwei
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Liu Jianwei, also known by his pen name Liu Shengyuan (柳盛元), is a Chinese novelist. He is best known for his novel Heroic Time which won the Mao Dun Literature Prize (2005), one of the most prestigious literature prizes in China.

  37. Dorje Tseten

    Dorje Tseten
    Years
    1925-2013 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    politicianhistorian
    Biography

    Dorje Tseten, also Duojie Caidan (多傑才旦); November 1926, Huangzhong - July 6, 2013, Beijing) is a scholar, historian and Chinese politician of Tibetan ethnicity. He was chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) before becoming the first director of the China Tibetology Research Center.

  38. Mou Zuoyun

    Mou Zuoyun
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1914-2007 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Mou Zuoyun was a Chinese basketball player, coach, and pioneer, known as the "godfather of Chinese basketball". He competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics as a member of China's first Olympic basketball team, and coached the Chinese men's team at the 1952 Summer Olympics. He served as President of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and was named Lifetime Honorary President of the Asian Basketball Association. In 2005, the CBA named the championship trophy of China's professional basketball league the Mou Zuoyun Cup. In 2019, he posthumously became the first Chinese inductee to the FIBA Hall of Fame.

  39. Zhu Jin

    Zhu Jin
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    astronomer
    Biography

    Zhu Jin, is a Chinese astronomer. He is the current curator of Beijing Planetarium.

  40. Hong-Cai

    Hong-Cai
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    chemist
    Biography

    Hong-Cai Zhou (周宏才; born c. 1964) is a Chinese-American chemist and academic. He is the Davidson Professor of Science and Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at Texas A&M University. He is the associate editor of the journal Inorganic Chemistry.

  41. Liu Yan

    Liu Yan
    Occupations
    geologist
    Biography

    Liu Yan is a Chinese Antarctic researcher best known for her work on iceberg calving. She is an Associate Professor of geography in the College of Global Change and Earth System Science (GCESS) and Polar Research Institute, Beijing Normal University.

  42. Huang Dao

    Huang Dao
    Years
    1900-1939 (aged 39)
    Biography

    Huang Dao original name Huang Duanzhang (Chinese: 黄端章), also known as Yiming (Chinese: 一鸣) was a member of the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army and the New Fourth Army. He was born in Hengfeng County, Jiangxi Province. He was the father of Huang Zhizhen, who was governor of Hubei Province under the People's Republic of China. He fought in the Chinese Civil War on the side of the Communist Party of China, being active in northern and eastern Fujian near the border with Zhejiang. He remained in southern China after the Long March. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, he was poisoned by the Kuomintang en route to southern Anhui.