In Memoriam: Wang Daheng

July 21, 2011

In Memoriam: Wang Daheng, Founder of the Chinese Optical Society

Wang Daheng

Wang Daheng, honorary President of the Chinese Optical Society and a revered optical scientist in China, died of illness on 21 July 2011 in Beijing, China.  He was 96.

Mr. Wang, born on February 26, 1915 in Tokyo, made outstanding contributions to developing China's precision optical instruments, including the country's first electronic microscope and first laser device.

Mr. Wang was an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and International Academy of Astronautics. Mr. Wang also served as the director of the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics; the Chinese Academy of Science; the Institute of Demography, the Department of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Science; and the Center of Space Science and Technology.

Mr. Wang was the founder of the Chinese Optical Society and served several terms as President and honorary President. He was also selected as the Vice Chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology.

A ceremony to pay final respects and farewell to Wang Daheng was held 27 July 27 2011 at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery.

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This obituary was contributed by the Chinese Optical Society