Li Siguang

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.
Li Siguang
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Statue of Li Siguang in front of the Geological Museum of China
Born 26 October, 1889
Huanggang, Hubei, China
Died 29 April, 1971 (aged 81)
Nationality Chinese
Institutions Peking University
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Li Siguang Memorial Museum in Huangzhou, Huanggang, Hubei, China

Li Siguang (Chinese: 李四光; pinyin: Lǐ Sìguāng; 1889–1971), born Li Zhongkui, is the founder of China's geomechanics. He was an ethnic Mongol.[1][2] 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.

After the People's Republic of China was established, Li held the positions of vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and minister of geology.


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