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Tan Jiazhen (15 September 1909 – 1 November 2008), also known as [1 ] C. C. Tan, was a Chinese geneticist. He was an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of United States National Academy of Sciences. Tan was a main founder of modern Chinese genetics.
Biography [ edit ]
Tan was born in
Cixi, Ningbo, Zhejiang. His father was a local postman. From 1926 to 1930, Tan did his undergraduate study at Soochow University. In 1932, Tan received M.Sc from Yenching University. Tan continued his study in the United States and received PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1937, under the supervision of Theodosius Dobzhansky. Thomas Hunt Morgan and Alfred Henry Sturtevant also were his professors. He later taught at Columbia University.
After Tan returned China, he became a professor at the Department of Biology of
Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. In 1952, Tan was transferred to Fudan University in Shanghai. Tan founded the first department of genetics in China at Fudan University.
"As part of the Morgan group in the 1930s, Tan helped make
Drosophila pseudoobscura the leading species for evolutionary studies and did pioneering work in insect genetics. In spite of interruptions by Lysenkoism and by the Cultural Revolution, Tan was still scientifically active in China."
Tan died on 1 November 2008 of
multiple organ dysfunction syndrome at the age of 99 in Shanghai.
Main academic positions [ edit ]
At Fudan University:
The founder, former Head of the Department of Genetics, Fudan University
Former Director of the Research Institute of Genetics, Fudan University
Former Head of the School of Life Sciences, Fudan University
Former Vice-president of Fudan University
Former Vice-president, President, Honorary-president of the Chinese Society for Genetics
Acta Genetica Sinica Former President, Chinese Society for Biotechnology
Board Director, Chinese Environmental Mutagen Society
Member of the Board, The 8th
International Congress of Genetics, 1948, Sweden Vice-president, The 15th International Congress of Genetics, 1983,
India Vice-president, The 16th International Congress of Genetics, 1988,
Canada Vice-president, The 17th International Congress of Genetics, 1993,
UK President, The 18th International Congress of Genetics, 1998,
Main politic positions [ edit ]
Honors and awards [ edit ]
Chinese Academy of Sciences, elected 1980 Member, The
Third World Academy of Sciences, elected 1985 Foreign member,
United States National Academy of Sciences, elected 1985 Foreign member,
Italian Accademia dei Quaranta, elected 1987 Honorary member, The
New York Academy of Sciences, elected 1999
Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award Honorary Citizenship,
California, United States Honorary doctorate from the
York University, Canada, 1984 Honorary doctorate from the
University of Maryland, College Park, USA, 1985
Asteroid 3542 Tanjiazhen is named after him
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