Chen Zhen



 

Chen Zhen
Chen Zhen, a zoologist, was born in Hanjiang, Jiangsu province, on February 8, 1894, and then moved to Qianshan, Jiangxi province. He graduated from Jinling University in 1918 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. In 1921, he got his master’s degree at Columbia University. In 1948, he was elected as an academician of the Academia Sinica. In 1955, he was elected and hired as an academician at the Chinese Academy of Science. He passed away in Beijing on November 15, 1957. He worked as a professor in the department of biology at Southeast University, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing Central University, Tsinghua University, Southwest Associated University and Peking University; as the dean of the biology department at Tsinghua University; as a member of Chinese committee in UNESCO; as a researcher and director of the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He focused on exploring the unique animals of China, systematically studied the heredity and variation of goldfish, and developed a new way of hybridization and selection for the genetic breeding of goldfish. His “The Study on the History of Goldfish and the Reason for their Species Formation” published in 1954 represented the level of evolution development at that time. After that, he did research in the field of animal behavior and biological history. He was one of the earlier biological educators in modern China opening courses like cytology, histology, systematic zoology, genetics and Chinese biological history in universities.





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