Grade 9 Unit 5 Topic 2 Section C

Qian Xuesen — the Father of China’s Missiles
Qian Xuesen was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province on December 11, 1911. After his graduation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1934, he traveled across the Pacific Ocean to the United States for further study. There he received his Ph.D. degrees in both aerospace and mathematics. After he graduated, he became a teacher as w ell as a researcher who studied rockets and missile theories.
He made important contributions to the missile and space programs in China. When he returned to his motherland in 1955, the country’s space research was almost a blank. In 1956, he set up the first research institute of rockets and missiles. From then on, he was in charge of developing China’s missile, rocket and spacecraft research programs. He was a pioneer in these related fields and was honored as “The Father of China’s Missiles”. He is the pride of the Chinese people.
He passed away on October 31, 2009, at the age of 98, but he is a man who still encourages Chinese youth. His devotion to his country was expressed in his saying, “My career is in China, my success is in China and my destination is in China!” When someone said he could make much more money if he stayed in the United States, he laughed and said, “My family name is Qian, but I don’t like qian.”

A: Who is Qian Xuesen?
B: He is a scientist who was honored as “The Father o f China’s Missiles
A: What should we learn from him?
B: His love and devotion to our country.

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