Chen Nengkuan, Chinese metal and detonation physicist and academician, Died at 93


Chen Nengkuan was born on May 13, 1923, in Cili County, Hunan and died on May 27, 2016.

He was a Chinese metal physics and detonation physics expert and academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Chen was known as one of the founding fathers of two bombs (atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb) and one satellite (Chinese: 两弹一星元勋).

Nengkuan received a bachelor’s degree from National Tangshan Engineering College in 1946.

And then, he obtained his doctor’s degree in metallurgy from Yale University in the United States.

Chen worked for Johns Hopkins University and Westinghouse Electric as a researcher after his graduation.

Chen Nengkuan returned to China in 1955 after the Korean War ended and was assigned work at Institute of Applied Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Chen died in Beijing.

Chen Nengkuan passed away at 93 yrs old.