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Professor LIN Chao - Pioneer of Chinese Geographers in IGU---Remembering LIN Chao in his 100th Birthday

HONG Shirong1LIN Yongxin2
1 Jieyang TV,Guangdong Province,China2 Department of Public Services,Jieyang City,Guangdong Province


Published:Jun. 2014

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LIN Chao,Geographer,IGU,Mt. Qomolangma,encyclopedia of Geography of China,Acta Geographica Sinica


The Geographical Society of China (GSC) celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. A series of activities was held in the celebration, including the commemorating LIN Chao’s 100th birthday. Professor LIN Chao (1909-1991) of Peking University was the pioneer of Chinese geographers in the International Geographical Union (IGU). The commemorating activities included the followings: (1) A conference as Chinese Geography's New Journey to the World – Remembering Professor LIN Chao’s 100th Birthday was held at Peking University in October 2009; (2) Exhibition of historical archives of Chinese geographer in IGU; (3) Opening of the Jingde Hall, the Historical Museum of the Truth School in Jieyang City, Guangdong Province, which was the former residence of LIN’s family; (4) LIN Chao’s biographical video. The LIN Chao’s biographical video was made by Jieyang TV with the help from Geographical Society of China and supported by the Jieyang Government. The Video listed a series of historical records and scenes of LIN Chao’s life in geographical research and education. He was the first Ph.D. in Geography at the Liverpool University, UK in 1938, then the head of the Geography Department and Dean of School of Science in Sun Yat-sen University from 1938-1940. He was also one of the founders of Institute of Geography of China and Director of Human Geography Section in 1940. One of his remarkable contributions in Chinese geographical history was his leading role in China joining the International Geographical Union (IGU) in 1949 when he was the Director of Institute of Geography of China. Professor LIN CHAO was the founder of Comprehensive Physical Geography of China and an outstanding professor in geographical education. His unique work on Naming Mt. Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) have made tremendous contribution to geography based on the culture and history of Tibet. He, as the Editor in Chief, led the first encyclopedia ofBrowse

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Jieyang of Guangdong (2009)

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HONG Shirong, LIN Yongxin. Professor LIN Chao - Pioneer of Chinese Geographers in IGU---Remembering LIN Chao in his 100th Birthday[J/DB/OL]. Digital Journal of Global Change Data Repository, 2014.

LIU Chuang, HONG Shirong, LIN Yongxin. Professor LIN Chao - pioneer of Chinese geographers in IGU: Remembering LIN Chao in his 100th birthday. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2014, 69(Suppl.): 203-211.

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2 LinChaoBioVideo.rar 585500.86KB