Wen Chuanyuan

Wen Chuanyuan
Born(1918-06-22)22 June 1918
Died1 October 2019(2019-10-01) (aged 101)
Beijing, China
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese文傳源
Simplified Chinese文传源

Wen Chuanyuan (Chinese: 文传源; 22 June 1918 – 1 October 2019) was a Chinese aeronautical and automation engineer. He was a professor at Beihang University and co-founded its School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering. He developed China's first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in 1959 and the first flight simulator in 1983. He was awarded the State Science and Technology Progress Award (First Class) in 1985.

Early life and education

Wen was born 22 June 1918 in Xinqiao Township, Hengshan County, Hunan, Republic of China.[1][2] His father, Wen Bingnan, was a farmer. He entered Yue Yun Middle School in Changsha in 1933, and Hunan No. 1 Normal School in 1936. When the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out in July 1937, Wen and other high school students received military training organized by the provincial chairman Zhang Zhizhong.[3]

After the 1938 Changsha fire, Wen attempted to organize a guerrilla force to resist Japanese invasion in Hunan, but was unsuccessful. He moved to Northwest China, which was free from Japanese occupation, and studied aeronautical engineering at the Northwestern Engineering Institute.[3]

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