Ren Xinmin

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Ren Xinmin
Born(1915-12-05)December 5, 1915
DiedFebruary 12, 2017(2017-02-12) (aged 101)
Alma materNational Central University
Chongqing Ordnance School affiliated to Military Ministry
University of Michigan
Known forparticipant in the Two Bombs, One Satellite Project
Scientific career
FieldsAeronautics
InstitutionsUniversity at Buffalo
Institute of Military Engineering
China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation

Ren Xinmin (Chinese: 任新民; pinyin: Rén Xīnmín; Wade–Giles: Jen Hsin-Min; December 5, 1915 – February 12, 2017) was a Chinese rocket scientist. He was a specialist in astronautics and liquid rocket engine technology. He worked at the University at Buffalo.

Early life[change | change source]

Ren was born in Ningguo, China. He studied at Southeast University and at the University of Michigan.

Career[change | change source]

Ren was the technical director of the Long March 1 rocket. It was used for the successful launch of China's first satellite, and chief designer of Chinese store able propellant rocket engine.[1] He was also the chief designer for Long March 3 launch vehicle, Fengyun, and SJ (Shijian) series satellites.[2]

Ren was elected Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1980.

Ren, Huang Weilu, Tu Shou'e and Liang Shoupan were bracketed together as "four venerable pioneers of astronautics (航天四老)" in China.[3] They were granted the Two Bombs and One Satellite Merit Medal in 1999.

Death[change | change source]

Ren died on February 12, 2017 in Beijing, aged 101.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "百岁任新民中国航天的总总师 (in Chinese)". China Space News. December 9, 2015.
  2. "Ren Xinmin". Encyclopedia Astronautica.
  3. "屠守锷逝世 "航天四老"又走一位 (in Chinese)". Beijing Daily. December 18, 2012.
  4. "Founder of Chinese space industry Ren Xinmin dies at 102". CRI (China Radio International) online.