Zhang Tiesheng became famous during the Cultural Revolution, in 1973 for refusing to take a national exam on physics and chemistry. Instead he handed in a blank paper and wrote on the back that he was disgusted by bookworms who had never done any honest work, and that a few hours of written exams would disqualify him. He became a national hero for his stand and even won a seat in the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in 1975. However, after the fall of the Gang of Four he was put on trial and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
He later founded the Wellhope Agri-Tech company.
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