Chen Shilu was born on September 24, 1920, in Dongyang County, Zhejiang and died on April 24,2016.
He was a Chinese flight mechanics expert, educator and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).
In 1945, he obtained a bachelor’s degree of aeronautical engineering from National Southwestern Associated University.
Chen Shilu became a teaching assistant in National Southwestern Associated University (1945–1946) and Tsinghua University (1946–1948) after his graduation.
In 1948, Chen Shilu taught at National Chiao Tung University as a lecturer.
He transferred to Eastern China Aeronautics Institute in 1952 due to the adjustment for university colleges and departments in China.
In 1956, Shilu went to the Soviet Union by the Chinese government sponsorship and obtained a master degree from Moscow Aviation Institute in 1958.
Then, in 1959, he returned to Northwestern Polytechnical University and founded the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
His research was largely in the field of flight mechanics and fostered China’s first and second doctors in flight mechanics.
Chen became the foreign academician of Russian Academy of Astronautics on March 29, 1994.
He was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering for his achievements in flight mechanics, on November 24, 1997.
Chen Shilu passed away at 95 yrs old.