“This is not a bustling discipline. We do pure academic research in our niche. Most of the time it is a lonely journey, and you have to withstand the loneliness if you’re determined to do research.”
Dr. Chang Meemann was born in Shengxian, Zhejiang Province, and she is a CPC member and a paleoichthyologist. She earned her Ph.D. from Stockholm University in Sweden in 1982. Chang has long been dedicated to the study of the comparative morphology of vertebrates, paleoichthyology, Mesozoic-Cenozoic stratigraphy, paleozoogeography, paleoecology, and biological evolution. Her research on the relationships among Devonian crossophora, Dipnoi, and terrestrial vertebrates questioned conventional knowledge, and received international attention. In 1991, she was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She was the president of the International Paleontological Association and a foreign member of the Linnean Society of London, and she was elected to the position of Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Among her awards, she won the Romer-Simpson Medal given by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award. An asteroid was named after Chang in 2021. She served as the third and fourth director of the IVPP.