Du Qinghua

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Du Qinghua (traditional Chinese: 杜慶華; simplified Chinese: 杜庆华; pinyin: Dù Qìnghuá) (aka DU Q.H. ; 1919–2006), was a notable Chinese educator, physicist. He was a pioneer of aeronautic and astronautic material engineering in China. Du was also a senior member of Chinese Academy of Engineering.[1]


April 14, 1919, Du was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. 1930s, Du studied in Hangzhou Middle School. 1936, He graduated from the famous Hangzhou High School. 1937, Du studied at Zhejiang University. 1940, He graduated from the Department of Mechanics, Jiao Tong University (current Shanghai Jiao Tong University).

1947, Du went to study in United States. He entered Stanford University, and majored in solid state physics. June 1948, Du obtained a master's degree of aeronautic engineering from Stanford. September 1948, Du turned to Harvard University, studied hydrodynamics there, under the academic advice of Prof.von Mises. June, 1949, Du earned another master of aeronautics from Harvard. September 1949, Du went back to Stanford, and did research on aeronautic light structure (advisors: Prof.Timoshenko and Prof. Goodier). He received his doctorate in April, 1951.

June 1951, Du went back to China and taught in Peking University in Beijing. 1952, Du was transferred to Tsinghua University, and became a teaching and research leader of mechanics there. 1958, Du was one of the main founders of the Department of Engineering Mechanics of Tsinghua University. 1983-1987, Du was also a part-time professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Xi'an Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University, and he was an honorary professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.[2]

Du was a main founder for Chinese modern aeronautic and astronautic material engineering. He was also a main founder for the teaching and research of machanics and material engineering at Tsinghua University. 1997, Du was elected to academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).[3]


Du wrote more than 130 papers and also several popular textbooks and handbooks, e.g.:[4]

  • Material Mechanics (《材料力学》)
  • Theory for Elasticity (《弹性理论》)
  • Handbook for Engineering Mechanics (《工程力学手册》)


Du's daughter Du Xian (杜宪) is the wife of famous actor Chen Daoming.


  1. ^ Chinese Academy of Engineering - list of senior members
  2. ^ 清华新闻网 - 杜庆华院士因病逝世
  3. ^ http://www.cae.cn/experts/detail.jsp?id=364
  4. ^ SuperStar Internet Digital Reader: Works by Du Qinghua

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