Statue of Li Siguang in front of the Geological Museum of China
|Born||26 October 1889
Huanggang, Hubei, Qing China
|Died||April 29, 1971
|Alma mater||University of Birmingham|
Li Siguang (Chinese: 李四光; pinyin: Lǐ Sìguāng; 1889–1971), born Li Zhongkui, courtesy name Zhongkui, is the founder of China's geomechanics. According to his daughter, he was a Mongol in China. He made outstanding contributions to changing the situation of "oil deficiency" in the country, enabling the large-scale development of oil fields to raise the country to the ranks of the world's major oil producers.
A native of Huanggang, Hubei, Li studied in Japan and the UK in his early years. He became a geological professor at Peking University upon his return from abroad in 1920. Li Siguang was Wuhan University building preparatory chairman from July 1928 to April 1938. He was the president of National Central University (Nanjing University) in 1932.
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