44 Notable alumni of
Nanjing University

Nanjing University is 699th in the world, 146th in Asia, and 13th in China by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 44 notable alumni from Nanjing University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates along with research and academic staff.

  1. Hua Chunying

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    Hua Chunying
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in Nanjing University
    1988-1992 graduated with bachelor's degree
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Hua Chunying is a Chinese diplomat, the spokesperson of China, and the director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department of China. Hua is the fifth spokeswoman and 27th spokesperson since the position was established in the ministry in 1983.

  2. Chien-Shiung Wu

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    Chien-Shiung Wu
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1912-1997 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    nuclear physicistuniversity teacherphysicist
    Biography

    Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American particle and experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the fields of nuclear and particle physics. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which proved that parity is not conserved. This discovery resulted in her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang winning the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics, while Wu herself was awarded the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. Her nicknames include the "First Lady of Physics", the "Chinese Madame Curie" and the "Queen of Nuclear Research".

  3. Yang Jiechi

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    Yang Jiechi
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Yang Jiechi is a high-ranking Chinese politician and diplomat specializing in American affairs.

  4. François Cheng

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    François Cheng
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1929-.. (age 92)
    Occupations
    writerpoetessayisttranslatorcalligrapher
    Biography

    François Cheng is a Chinese-born French academician, writer, poet and calligrapher. He is the author of essays, novels, collections of poetry and books on art written in the French language, and the translator of some of the great French poets into Chinese.

  5. Yuh Woon-Hyung

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    Yuh Woon-Hyung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1886-1948 (aged 62)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lyuh Woon-hyung or Yo Un-hyung was a Korean politician who argued that Korean independence was essential to world peace, and a reunification activist who struggled for the independent reunification of Korea following its national division in 1945.

  6. Chen Jieru

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    Chen Jieru
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1906-1971 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    autobiographerpolitician
    Biography

    Chen Jieru was the second wife of Chiang Kai-shek. She was nicknamed Jennie.

  7. Xiang Zhang

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    Xiang Zhang
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    physicistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Zhang Xiang JP is a Chinese-American physicist and current Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he also serves as professor. He was the inaugural Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chaired Professor at University of California, Berkeley in the United States, the Director of the National Science Foundation Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (SINAM), the Director of Materials Science Division and also a Senior Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  8. Liu Xin

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    Liu Xin
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    journalistnews presenter
    Biography

    Liu Xin is a host and journalist for the English-language Chinese government-broadcaster China Global Television Network (CGTN), now hosting the opinion show named The Point with Liu Xin on weekdays at CGTN. She is fluent in Mandarin, English and French, and conversational in German and Turkish.

  9. Kwoh-Ting Li

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    Kwoh-Ting Li
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1910-2001 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    economistpolitician
    Biography

    Li Kwoh-ting was a Taiwanese economist and politician best known as the "Father of Taiwan's Economic Miracle" and referred to by the New York Times as the "Godfather of Technology" in Taiwan for his work in transforming Taiwan's economy from an agrarian-based system into one of the world's leading producers of information and telecommunications technology.

  10. Chen Guangbiao

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    Chen Guangbiao
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurbusinessperson
    Biography

    Chen Guangbiao is a Chinese recycling entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Jiangsu Huangpu Renewable Resources Limited Company and was reportedly worth US$810 million in 2013, according to the rankings of the Chinese wealth research firm, Hurun Report; although, Forbes estimated his wealth at US$400 million in January 2014, while the Associated Press published an estimate of US$750 million in June 2014.

  11. Guo Jinlong

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    Guo Jinlong
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Guo Jinlong is a Chinese politician, currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Central Guidance Commission on Building Spiritual Civilization, and a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. Between 2008 and 2012 Guo served as the Mayor of Beijing, and Communist Party Secretary of Beijing between 2012 and 2017. As the Mayor of Beijing during the 2008 Olympics, Guo served as the executive chairman of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG).

  12. Li Hongkuan

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    Li Hongkuan
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    human rights activist
    Biography

    Li Hongkuan is a Chinese dissident.

  13. Zhang Qianfan

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    Zhang Qianfan
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Zhang Qianfan is a constitutional law professor at Peking University Law School, and an activist who advocates constitutionalism in China and has called for China's general political and judicial reform. He is the author of several hundreds academic publications. His book Constitutional System in the West helped introduce western constitutionalism in Chinese. His book The Constitution of China: A Contextual Analysis was published in the United States in 2012.

  14. Lu Dingyi

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    Lu Dingyi
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1906-1996 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lu Dingyi was a leader of the Communist Party of China. After the establishment of the People's Republic of China and before the Cultural Revolution, he was credited as one of the top officials in socialist culture.

  15. Sha Zukang

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    Sha Zukang
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Sha Zukang is a Chinese diplomat who was head of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 2007 to 2012. He was previously the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

  16. Wang Hui

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    Wang Hui
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    philosopher
    Biography

    Wang Hui is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing. His researches focus on contemporary Chinese literature and intellectual history. He was the executive editor (with Huang Ping) of the influential magazine Dushu (读书, Reading) from May 1996 to July 2007. The US magazine Foreign Policy named him as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in May 2008. Wang Hui has been Visiting Professor at Harvard, Edinburgh, Bologna (Italy), Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, and the University of Washington, among others. In March 2010, he appeared as the keynote speaker at the annual meeting for the Association of Asian Scholars.

  17. Chan Siu-bak

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    Chan Siu-bak
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1869-1934 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Chan Siu-bak, born Chan Siu-man (陳紹聞), courtesy name Siu-bak (少白), art-named Kwai-shek (夔石), was a Chinese revolutionary from Sanwui, Kwangtung. He was one of the Four Bandits, together with Sun Yat-sen, Yau Lit and Yeung Hok-ling.

  18. Fu Baoshi

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    Fu Baoshi
    Years
    1904-1965 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    art historianpainter
    Biography

    Fu Baoshi, or Fu Pao-Shih, (1904-1965) was a Chinese painter from Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. He went to Japan to study the History of Oriental Art in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1933. He translated many books from Japanese and carried out his own research. In painting itself, he brought Japanese visual elements to the Chinese ink painting tradition.

  19. Chen Mengjia

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    Chen Mengjia
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1911-1966 (aged 55)
    Occupations
    anthropologistpoetarchaeologist
    Biography

    Chen Mengjia was a Chinese scholar, poet, paleographer and archaeologist. He was considered the foremost authority on oracle bones and was Professor of Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

  20. Chen Deming

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    Chen Deming
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Chen Deming is a former the President of Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits of the People's Republic of China.

  21. Chung-Yao Chao

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    Chung-Yao Chao
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1902-1998 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    physicistnuclear physicist
    Biography

    Chung-Yao Chao was a Chinese physicist. He studied the scattering of gamma rays in lead by pair production in 1930, without knowing that positrons were involved in the anomalously high scattering cross-section. When the positron was discovered by Carl David Anderson in 1932, confirming the existence of Paul Dirac's "antimatter", it became clear that positrons could explain Chung-Yao Chao's earlier experiments, with the gamma rays being emitted from electron-positron annihilation.

  22. Hualing Nieh Engle

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    Hualing Nieh Engle
    Years
    1925-.. (age 96)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Hualing Nieh Engle, née Nieh Hua-ling (Chinese: 聶華苓; pinyin: Niè Huálíng; Wade–Giles: Nieh Hua-ling), is a Chinese novelist, fiction writer, and poet. She is a professor emerita at the University of Iowa.

  23. Wu Youxun

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    Wu Youxun
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1897-1977 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    physicist
    Biography

    Wu Youxun or Y. H. Woo was a Chinese physicist. His courtesy name was Zhèngzhī (正之).

  24. Yau Lit

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    Yau Lit
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1866-1936 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Yau Lit, (pinyin: Yóu Liè; Wade–Giles: Yu Lieh) born Yau Kwai-bok (尢季博), courtesy name Tui-hau (推孝) or Ling-kwai (令季), was a Chinese revolutionary from Shuntak, Kwangtung. He is one of the Four Bandits, together with Sun Yat-sen, Chan siu-bak and Yeung Hok-ling.

  25. Xia Peisu

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    Xia Peisu
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1923-2014 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    computer scientistengineeruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Xia Peisu or Pei-su Hsia was a Chinese computer scientist and educator known for her pioneering research in computer science and technology. The leading developer of Model 107, China's first indigenously designed general-purpose electronic computer, she has been called the "Mother of Computer Science in China". She and her husband Yang Liming were both elected academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991. In 2010, she was honoured with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the China Computer Federation.

  26. Su Qing

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    Su Qing
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1914-1982 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Su Qing was a twentieth-century Chinese writer. Known for her work detailing the female experience, she was a contemporary of Eileen Chang and is often compared to her.

  27. Gilbert Ling

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    Gilbert Ling
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1919-2019 (aged 100)
    Occupations
    scientist
    Biography

    Gilbert Ning Ling was a Chinese-born American cell physiologist, biochemist and scientific investigator.

  28. Zheng Ji

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    Zheng Ji
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1900-2010 (aged 110)
    Occupations
    chemistbiologistnutritionistbiochemistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Zheng Ji was a Chinese nutritionist and a pioneering biochemist. He was reputed to be the world's oldest professor and the founder of modern nutrition science in China, having lived to the age of 110.

  29. Kuo-Chen Chou

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    Kuo-Chen Chou
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    bioinformaticianbiophysicist
    Biography

    Kuo-Chen Chou is a Chinese-American biophysicist and bioinformatician who founded and is currently affiliated with the Gordon Life Science Institute, a non-profit research organization in Boston, Massachusetts. Among other contributions, he is the developer of pseudo amino acid composition (PseAAC), used in computational biology for proteomics analysis and pseudo K-tuple nucleotide composition (PseKNC) for genome analysis. He is the father of James Chou.

  30. Sebastian Heilmann

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    Sebastian Heilmann
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    political scientistuniversity teachersinologist
    Biography

    Sebastian Heilmann is a German political scientist and sinologist. He serves as the founding president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, a think tank established in 2013 by the Mercator Foundation (Stiftung Mercator). Heilmann has published on China's political system, economic policy and international relations. He edited the guide to China's Political System (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and Chinas's Core Executive: Leadership Styles, Structures and Processes under Xi Jinping, 2016. With Elizabeth J. Perry he co-edited the volume Mao’s Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (Harvard University Press, 2011). With Dirk H. Schmidt he co-authored China's Foreign Political and Economic Relations: An Unconventional Global Power (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). He is the author of the book Red Swan: How Unorthodox Policy-Making Facilitated China's Rise (Hong Kong, Chinese University Press, January 2018). Heilmann is a professor for the political economy of China at the University of Trier.

  31. Slater Rhea

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    Slater Rhea
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Slater Rhea is an American singer, songwriter and TV personality on national TV in China. Rhea is a regular performer on Chinese music and entertainment programs, having made appearances on China Central Television, China Education Television, Jiangsu TV, Beijing TV, Inner Mongolia TV, Yunnan TV, Anhui TV, as well as other local and provincial stations across China. Rhea performs in Chinese (primarily Mandarin, but also in Shaanxi dialect), Mongolian, and English. While he rose to prominence in China for singing traditional Chinese folk tunes, he also writes and sings Chinese pop and educational music and performs a variety of English-language material including American jazz standards and rock-and-roll.

  32. Han Lih-wu

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    Han Lih-wu
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1903-1991 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Han Lih-wu was a Chinese educator, politician and diplomat.

  33. Yan Jici

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    Yan Jici
    Years
    1901-1996 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    mathematicianphysicistpolitician
    Biography

    Yan Jici, also commonly known as Ny Tsi-ze, was a Chinese physicist and politician who is considered a founder of modern physics in China. He was a founding member of Academia Sinica in 1948 and of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1955. He served as founding director of the CAS Institute of Physics and the second president of the University of Science and Technology of China (1980–1984).

  34. Wu Liangyong

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    Wu Liangyong
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1922-.. (age 99)
    Occupations
    architecturban planner
    Biography

    Wu Liangyong is a Chinese architect and urban planner. He was a former professor in urban planning, architecture and design. In preparation to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he was leading the team that studied the buildings of the games. He is considered the most influential architect and urban planner in China.

  35. Sun Duoci

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    Sun Duoci
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1912-1975 (aged 63)
    Enrolled in Nanjing University
    Studied art of painting
    Occupations
    painterschool teacher
    Biography

    Sun Duoci was a Chinese artist. Famous for her oil paintings, sketches and ink and wash works, she was an accomplished artist, as well as a calligrapher and writer. One of her pieces has sold at auction for more than $100,000. She was taught by the well-known artist Xu Beihong, who regarded her as a "painter of genius" and had an affair with him.

  36. Wang Yinglai

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    Wang Yinglai
    Born in
    Taiwan Flag Taiwan
    Years
    1907-2001 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    biochemist
    Biography

    Wang Yinglai, also known as Ying-Lai Wang, was a Chinese biochemist recognized as the first person to create synthetic insulin, a major scientific breakthrough that produced a biologically active compound from inorganic chemicals. He was one of the first group of scientists elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1955. He founded the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry in 1958 and served as its director until his retirement in 1984.

  37. Sun Jiazheng

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    Sun Jiazheng
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sun Jiazheng is a politician of People's Republic of China, he is the chairman of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. Sun served as Minister of Radio, Film and Television between 1994 and 1998, before serving as Minister of Culture of the People'e Republic of China from March 1998 to March 2008.

  38. Li Shengjiao

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    Li Shengjiao
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1935-2017 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    association football playerdiplomatwriterbasketball coach
    Biography

    Li Shengjiao was a senior Chinese diplomat, jurist, educator, scholar, bilingual author, former Nanjing sports star and an expert on the I Ching. Being recognized as an authority on international law and U.S.-China relations, Li was known for his contribution to the International Law of the Sea and China's boundary and ocean affairs.

  39. Gu Su

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    Gu Su
    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    philosopher
    Biography

    Gu Su is a Chinese liberal political philosopher and was professor of Philosophy and Law at Darcy University, China. After graduating from Nanjing University, he studied at Duke University between 1983 and 1986. After then he taught at Nanjing university as a faculty member. His main work is Essential Ideas of Liberalism, published in China and Taiwan several times, introducing main ideas of liberalism and their implications to Chinese political and social practice. He has edited a series of books and written many articles in the national press, newspapers, magazines and journals on political and legal issues. He was a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School, and a visiting scholar at both the London School of Economics and the University of Melbourne. He is member of editorial Board of the journal NanoEthics.

  40. Wang Yening

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    Wang Yening
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1926-2019 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    physicist
    Biography

    Wang Yening, also known as Ye-Ning (Y. N.) Wang, was a Chinese physicist. She was an educator with a specialization in condensed matter physics. She spent her entire career at Nanjing University and was elected an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991. She was a recipient of the State Natural Science Award (Second Class) and the Ho Leung Ho Lee Prize in Physics.

  41. Wu Dingliang

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    Wu Dingliang
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1893-1969 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    anthropologist
    Biography

    Wu Dingliang, also known as Woo Ting-Liang, was a pioneering Chinese anthropologist and educator. He is considered the founder of Chinese physical anthropology.

  42. Zhu Jin

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    Zhu Jin
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    astronomer
    Biography

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

  43. Liu Xin

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    Liu Xin
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1986-.. (age 35)
    Occupations
    sport cyclist
    Biography

    Liu Xin is a Chinese road bicycle racer. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's road race, but finished over the time limit.

  44. Jingguang Chen

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    Jingguang Chen
    Occupations
    scientist
    Biography

    Jingguang Chen is a Chinese-American chemical engineer. He is the Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, with a joint appointment as Senior Chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory. Over the course of his career Chen has made significant contributions to the fundamental understanding and use of novel materials for catalytic and electrocatalytic applications. Central to his research efforts have been the development of bimetallic and transition metal carbide catalysts that eliminate or significantly reduce the loading of expensive precious metals.