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Fan was born on January 5, 1914 in Beijing. His father was among the first students sent to Russia by the Qing Dynasty and studied railway engineering. Fan completed his elementary education in Beijing. In 1925, his family moved to Harbin. In 1929, Fan enrolled in Harbin Institute of Technology, majoring in mechanical engineering. He obtained a bachelor's degree and also mastered Russian language. In the following years, he went to study at the California Institute of Technology in the United States and obtained two master's degrees in mechanical engineering and aeronautic engineering.
|President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University
1979 – 1984
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