“A great scientist is a person of noble personality and pure motives, who takes his responsibility to develop science, not for the pursuit of personal interests.”
Dr. Young Chung-chien was born in Huaxian, Shaanxi Province, and was a CPC member. He is a famous geologist, paleontologist, and educator in China, as well as the founder and guiding spirit of Chinese vertebrate paleontology. In 1927, his monograph titled Fossile Nagetiere aus Nord-China was published, establishing the discipline of vertebrate paleontology in China. Young obtained his Ph.D. from Munich University in Germany in 1927. His broad research extended across almost all fields of vertebrate paleontology from fish to man, with an emphasis on paleomammalogy, paleoherpetology, and the study of Mesozoic-Cenozoic strata in China. Young was elected as a member of Academia Sinica in 1948, and as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1955. He also was elected as an honorary member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, a foreign member of the Society of the Moscow Natural History Museum, and a member of the Linnean Society of London. He served as director of both the Cenozoic Research Laboratory and the IVPP.