Qian Xuesen (1911-2009), also known as Hsue-Shen Tsien, was a world renowned scientist and founder of China’s aerospace industry, who was hailed in China as “a scientist of the people.” The Qian Xuesen Library & Museum was officially opened to the public on December 11, 2011, marking the 100th anniversary of Qian’s birth. Designed by a team headed by He Jingtang, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) who also designed the China Pavilion for the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the library covers a total floor area of 8,188 m2, housing a collection of over 61,000 precious items related to Qian’s life career, including manuscripts and books, along with more than 300 photos and some 700 material objects. Qian Xuesen Library & Museum serves as a national patriotism education demonstration base, a national popular science education base, a patriotism education base in Shanghai, a popular science education base in Shanghai, and a national defense education base in Shanghai.
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great for people who like science
Jul 2017 • Solo
Qian Xuesen was the father of the Chinese ballistic missile and space program. This museum commemorates his life and work. After graduating from Shanghai Jiaotong university, Mr. Qian studied at MIT for his master's degree, and at Cal Tech for his PhD. He had a truly formidable intellect. After new China was established in 1949 Mr. Qian, who was in the US and who was leading the Guggenheim Institute of Aeronautics at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, began asking to return home to his motherland in 1950. The US, which was deep in McCarthyism and complete fear of communism, delayed Mr. Qian's return to China for 5 long years. This man's work and life is amazing. The museum is less than a kilometer from the residence of Soong Chingling. I highly recommend that you see them both in a morning or afternoon.
Written July 9, 2017
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- Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM