Entries tagged with “China” from Kathryn Elliott's News Blog

Qian Xuesen, father of Chinese rocketry, dies at 98

Qian Xuesen, 98, an aeronautical engineer educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Caltech and a groundbreaking director of rocket research in China, died on Saturday in Beijing, The New York Times said.

Qian was deported from the United States in 1955 on suspicion of being a communist. A later congressional report labeled him a spy although his colleagues defend his innocence even now, The Los Angeles Times said.

Deporting Qian "was the stupidest thing this country ever did," former Navy secretary Dan Kimball said, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Through Qian's contributions, China has been able to launch ballistic missiles, Silkworm anti-ship missiles and reconnaissance satellites as well as put a human in space, The Los Angeles Times said.

Qian made many prominent contributions to the United States during the 1930s and 1940s including serving on the government's Science Advisory Board and helping found the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is now one of NASA's important space-exploration facilities, The New York Times said.. 

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