Lu Yonggen

Lu Yonggen
Native name
Born(1930-12-02)2 December 1930
Died12 August 2019(2019-08-12) (aged 88)
Alma materSouth China Agricultural University
Spouse(s)Xu Xuebin
Children1 daughter
Scientific career
FieldsRice genetics
InstitutionsSouth China Agricultural University
Academic advisorsDing Ying
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese卢永根
Traditional Chinese盧永根

Lu Yonggen (Chinese: 卢永根; 2 December 1930 – 12 August 2019) was a Chinese agronomist, plant geneticist, and philanthropist. He served as President of South China Agricultural University from 1983 to 1995, and was elected an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1993. He was named China's second most generous philanthropist in 2017 after donating his entire life savings to his university.

Early life and education

Lu was born on 2 December 1930 in British Hong Kong, into a middle-class family that hailed from Hua County (now Huadu), Guangdong province.[1] When the Japanese attacked Hong Kong in 1941, his father sent him to Hua County for safety, where he became familiarized with agricultural practices. He returned to Hong Kong two years later for middle school.[1] This experience with Japanese invasion made him sympathetic to the Communist cause, and in 1947 he joined the New Democratic Youth Association of Hong Kong, which was secretly led by the Communist Party of China, and the Party itself in August 1949.[1]

After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Lu moved to Guangzhou to study agriculture at Lingnan University. In 1952, the agricultural schools of Lingnan University and Sun Yat-sen University were merged to form South China Agricultural College (now South China Agricultural University), and Lu became one of the first students of the new college.[1]

Other Languages
Simple English: Lu Yonggen
粵語: 盧永根
中文: 卢永根