GAC013 Assignment 2: Independent Study
A Famous Scientist
1 August 2013
Question: Choose a famous scientist. This could be an historical figure or a more recent Nobel Prize winner. Using whatever sources of information you have (from books or the Internet), read about that scientist and then write a 150 to 200 word summary outlining his/her major achievements. China’s keystone space scientist Qian Xuesen (Hsue-Shen Tsien), widely acclaimed as the country’s "father of space technology" and "king of rocketry", died of illness in Beijing at the age of 98. In 1953 Qian left China on a Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholarship to study mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a Master of Science degree from MIT a year later. In 1949, upon the recommendation of von Kármán, Qian became the first director of the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Jet Propulsion Center at Caltech. It can be his greatest professional fulfillment, in a manner of speaking. Although In October 1949 when he heard People’s Republic of China has established, he decided apply for naturalization and come back to China to build motherland. The road to return motherland spent 5 years. After spending 5 years under virtual house arrest, Qian was released in 1955, in exchange for the repatriation of American pilots captured during the Korean War. “In 1956 China’s first 5 years of scientific layout, Tsien Hsueshen is ordered to set up China’s first rocket, Missile Institute — the Fifth Academy of the defence ministry and served as the first dean. Bomb and China’s first man-made earth satellite development, the direct leadership of the short-range missile carrying atomic bomb ” two combine ” test, involved in the development of China’s missile carrying the atomic bomb ” two combine ” test, involved in the development of China’s first Star Aviation of development planning,...
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