Yang Guanghua

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Yang Guanghua, or Guang-Hwa Yang (Chinese: 杨光华; 1923–2006), was a Chinese educator and chemical engineer. He was the President of China University of Petroleum, and a pioneer of China's oil industry.

Biography[edit]

Yang was born in Liuyang, Hunan Province, on 10 April 1923. In 1945, he graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. He was a teaching assistant in the same department. In 1948, Yang went to study in the United States, and obtained his Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1951.[1]

Yang went back to China in May 1951. Yang was a professor at Peking University and Tsinghua University. In 1953, Yang joined to found the Beijing Petroleum College (北京石油学院; pre-existence of current China University of Petroleum). In 1956, Yang was a visiting researcher at Moscow Petroleum Institute, USSR. In 1965, Yang was pointed the Vice-president of Beijing Petroleum College. After 1969, Yang was Vice-president, later President of East China Petroleum College (华东石油学院). From 1988 to 1992, Yang was the President of China University of Petroleum (CUP), a national key university. Yang died in Beijing on 11 November 2006 at age 83. Yang donated his books and academic collections to the library of CUP.[2]

In 1950s, Yang and Prof. Wu Chi (武迟) co-founded the first educational program of oil and natural gas engineering/refining in China.

Yang's son Yang Wei, a mechanical engineer, is current President of Zhejiang University.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yang Guanghua's biography from Baidu.com
  2. ^ 杨光华教授生前一批图书捐赠我校
  3. ^ Hong Kong Wen Wei Po: 从知青到院士杨卫 引领浙大创一流

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