Lu Yonggen,

Beijing Review - - This Week -

a rice ge­neti­cist and aca­demi­cian of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences, has de­cided to donate all his sav­ings of 8.8 mil­lion yuan ($1.33 mil­lion) to South China Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity (SCAU), as his med­i­cal con­di­tion wors­ens be­cause of cancer.

The univer­sity will use the do­na­tion to set up a foun­da­tion to help im­pov­er­ished stu­dents and re­ward teach­ers for out­stand­ing achieve­ments. As a mem­ber of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, Lu’s self­less spirit not only moves so­ci­ety, but also in­spires oth­ers.

Lu was born in Hong Kong in 1930. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from SCAU in 1953, Lu worked as a lec­turer and then a pro­fes­sor at the univer­sity. He held the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent of the univer­sity from 1983 to 1995. He be­came a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences in 1993.

Lu has de­voted his life­time to rice ge­net­ics re­search and teach­ing. In the past five years, Lu’s re­search team has nur­tured 33 new types of rice.

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