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Qian Xuesen

1911 - 2009

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Qian Xuesen, or Hsue-Shen Tsien (Chinese: 钱学森; 11 December 1911 – 31 October 2009), was a Chinese aerospace engineer, astrodynamics scientist, physicist, and cyberneticist who made significant contributions to the field of aerodynamics and established engineering cybernetics. Recruited from MIT, he joined Theodore von Kármán's group at Caltech. During the Second Red Scare, in the 1950s, the US federal government accused him of communist sympathies. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Qian Xuesen has received more than 973,806 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Qian Xuesen is the 319th most popular physicist (down from 306th in 2019), the 414th most popular biography from China (down from 398th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Chinese Physicist.

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Among physicists, Qian Xuesen ranks 319 out of 717Before him are Steven Chu, John Stewart Bell, Marguerite Perey, Nathan Rosen, Otto Schmidt, and Daniel C. Tsui. After him are Christoph Scheiner, John Mauchly, Yakov Zeldovich, James Jeans, Frank Wilczek, and Bruno Pontecorvo.

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Among people born in 1911, Qian Xuesen ranks 73Before him are George Stigler, Lee Yoo-hyung, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Mahalia Jackson, Alfonso García Robles, and Jussi Björling. After him are Hubert Humphrey, Ishirō Honda, Elizabeth Bishop, Renée Simonot, William Stuart-Houston, and Thanom Kittikachorn. Among people deceased in 2009, Qian Xuesen ranks 59Before him are Clive Granger, Sverre Fehn, Marek Edelman, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, J. G. Ballard, and Philip José Farmer. After him are Rafael Caldera, Ingemar Johansson, Arne Næss, Takashi Takabayashi, Sydney Chaplin, and Shih Kien.

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Among people born in China, Qian Xuesen ranks 414 out of 1,392Before him are Daniel C. Tsui (1939), Mi Fu (1051), J. G. Ballard (1930), Gengshi Emperor (null), Marpa Lotsawa (1012), and Run Run Shaw (1907). After him are Ba Jin (1904), Zhang Lu (101), Zhang Zhongjing (150), Wang Qishan (1948), Emperor Houshao of Han (null), and Ma Dai (183).


Among physicists born in China, Qian Xuesen ranks 6Before him are Walter Houser Brattain (1902), Yang Chen-Ning (1922), Tsung-Dao Lee (1926), Chien-Shiung Wu (1912), and Daniel C. Tsui (1939). After him are He Jiankui (1984).