21 December 1897|
Kiangsu, Qing Dynasty
|Died||25 December 1969
|Nationality||Republic of China (Kuomintang)/ Chinese|
Luo Jialun (simplified Chinese: 罗家伦; traditional Chinese: 羅家倫; pinyin: Luó Jiālún; December 21, 1897 - December 25, 1969) Chinese Minister of Education, historian, diplomat and political activist. A noted Scholar, he was one of the leaders of the May Fourth Movement in 1919. Subsequently being distinguished as President of various prestigious Chinese universities in the inter-war period. In the autumn of 1946 he was appointed by the Nationalist Government as China's first Ambassador to India, a full year before India gained sovereignty from the United Kingdom/British Empire. His tenure as Ambassador saw the escalation of the Chinese Civil War and subsequent retreat to Taiwan, of the Nationalist Forces under Chiang Kai-Shek, from whom the Indian Government withdrew diplomatic recognition, according it instead to the victorious Communists under Mao Tse-tung. Luo remained in India till 1952 when he rejoined his family on Taiwan, where they had retreated with the Nationalists. He continued to live there in his retirement.
Mr. Luo Jialun was born on the 21st of December 1897 in Kiangsi to a moderately prosperous family. An industrious and precocious student he graduated from Peking University in the arts, and subsequently undertook intensive research work in history and philosophy at Princeton, Columbia, London, Berlin and Paris Universities. Returning to China he assumed a prominent role in the "Literary Revolution of 1918 and subsequent May Fourth Movement in 1919 where as through his editorship of the respected journal The Renaissance. Joining the University of Peking he rose to become professor of history in 1926. In 1928 he was appointed President of Tsinghua University serving till 1930.