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Li Jing Xiong (C.H. Li)—Functioning in Adversity


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  1. Vol. 39 No. 1, p. 1-3
    Received: May 18, 1998

    * Corresponding author(s): sschase@aol.com
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Li Jing Xiong (syn. Li Ching Hsiung), member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1980), president of the Crop Science Society of China (1984), Chief Scientist, basic agronomy, National Basic Research Program (1992), Cornell University Ph.D. (1948), best known among his American associates as C.H.Li, died on 28 June 1997 at Beijing after a prolonged illness. Dr. Li's direct and personal favorable impact on the food supply of the Chinese people came through two major actions and in a number of contributory ways: first, his sturdy opposition to Lysenkoism and to a compromise with the Chinese Lysenkoists, and second, and only possible with the first contribution, the development of maize (Zea mays L.) hybrids of superior yield; third in importance, a series of minor contributions from his early work on wheat-rye hybrids (triticale, × Triticosecale Wittmack), Setaria millet [Setaria italica (L.) P. Beanv.], sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] hybridization, hybrid maize technology, and specialty maize such as quality protein hybrids. In addition, in his early years, he made contributions to understanding the cytogenetics of maize. And, in spite of formal difficulties, Professor Li was always an honored teacher to his colleagues and associates.

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