Documenting the life of outstanding scholars who went through the most turbulent time
but managed to achieve remarkable academic success against all odds
July 2018 - Aug. 2018
This research and interview project was commissioned by China Association for Science and Technology, the largest non-governmental organization of scientific and technological professionals in China. The goal was to document the life stories of a group of outstanding scholars to memorize their contribution to China's academic development. I assumed the role of research specialist and got to talk to the scholars in person, which was a great honor for me.
Since this was a commissioned project, we are not permitted to distribute our work due to intellectual property concerns. However, the life experiences of the most intelligent and diligent scholars inspire me a lot. Some of them witnessed the most turbulent phases in Chinese history, but they never gave up on their academic pursuit. They never got rich or famous, but they lead such a fulfilling life.
I did a ton of research on each and every scholar we interviewed, developed timelines for their personal histories and read their academic work, which was sometimes very hard since they are nuclear physicists, computer scientists, atmosphere chemists, etc. I tried my best to pay them the greatest respect during our conversations.
Researched on and conducted interviews with 20 top Chinese scholars to document their life stories and achievement
Managed the research schedule and assisted with scheduling interviews with scholars, including drafting invitation emails, etc.