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Deeply Mourning For Prof. TAN Jiazhen
Renowned Chinese Biologist Tan Jiazhen Passed Away Aged 100

作者:Renowned Chinese biologist Pr发布时间:2008-11-24


Renowned Chinese biologist Prof. Tan Jiazhen died on Nov.1 2008 at the age of 100 in Shanghai. Prof. Tan was one of the founders of China’s modern genetics, outstanding scientist and educator, well-known social activist, honorary chairman of the China Democratic League Central Committee, academician of the Chinese Academy of Science, and former Vice President of Fudan University.

Mr. Tan Jianzhen was born in Zhejiang Province. After graduating from the senior high school, he was sent to Dongwu University in Suzhou. In the summer of the year 1934, he went to California Institution of Technology for further studies under the supervision of the founder of modern genetics, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his assistant, Theodosius Dobzhansky, and obtained doctoral Degree two years later. He declined his tutor’s invitation to stay and returned to China to be a teacher; at the same time, he introduced the word “gene” into Chinese language.

In the field of evolution of genetic structure in drosophila species group and the color pattern variation and inheritance of the beetle, Prof. Tan made significant achievements, which provided important evidence for modern synthetic theory of evolution. He found the phenomenon of mosaic dominance in the color pattern inheritance of the beetle which aroused great response among international genetics and was regarded as an important contribution to the development of traditional genetics. Known as "Father of genetics in China", he successively set up china’s first major of genetics, institution of genetics and first school of life sciences.

Prof. Tan Jiazhen was elected as member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1980, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and fellow of The Third World Academy of Sciences in 1985, foreign member of the Italy National Academy of Sciences in 1987 and honorary life member of the New York Academy of Sciences in 1999. In the year of 1999, he was honored with international recognition by using his name to designate the minor planet No. 3542.

Years after he was 90 years old, Prof. Tan was still keenly giving close attention to the international development of genetics, showing great concern for the serious outflow of Chinese humanity genetic resources. Under his appeal and the impetus, the Shanghai Human Genome Research Center was founded, which enabled China to move a great step into the world human genome#QuotationMarks#s research.

On Sep.13, Fudan University organized ceremonious congregation to celebrate the 100th birthday of Prof. Tan Jiazhen.
 

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