“Further work is dependent on younger generations, who are open-minded and can apply advanced technology and methods more easily than we do. I would like to serve as a foundation for them.”
Dr. Chow Minchen was born in Shanghai and is the founder of paleomammalogy in China. He received his Ph.D. degree from Lehigh University, USA in 1950. Focusing on Paleocene, Eocene, Mesozoic, and Quaternary mammalogy, his research established a basic framework for the stratigraphic division of Cenozoic continental deposits in China and their intercontinental correlation. He participated in the formulation of the national first to seventh “Five-Year plans” and the 12-year Long-term Science and Technology Development Plan, and he coauthored related paleontology plans. He made important contributions to the selection and training of academic talent and the promotion of international academic exchanges and cooperation. Dr. Chow was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1980. He was elected as an honorary member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1979, vice president of International Palaeontological Association, and was awarded the Romer-Simpson Medal by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Chow served as the second director of the IVPP.