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Xie Xide

Xie Xide

Xie Xide (Chinese: 謝希德; pinyin: Xiè Xīdé; 1921–2000), also known as Hsi-teh Hsieh and as Hilda Hsieh, was a Chinese physicist. She was president of Fudan University from 1983 to 1989, and remained as advisor to the university from 1989 until her death. She helped to set up the university's Centre for American Studies [1] and founded its Modern Physics Institute in 1977.

Xie also served as a member in the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China from 1982 to 1992.[2]


Xie Xide was born on March 19 1921 in the ancient port city of Quanzhou in southeastern China.[3][4] She was born into a family that valued education. Her father, Xie Yuming, who taught at Yenching University in Beijing, continued his education in the United States and received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

She spent part of her childhood in Beijing. In 1942, she began her studies in physics and mathematics at Xiamen University, and graduated in 1946. She taught at Hu Jiang University in Shanghai for a year, and then was able to get a scholarship to study for a masters degree in physics at Smith College in the United States.[3]

Xie Xide was a Smith College alumna from the Class of 1949. [5] Her graduate study in physics was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; she was awarded a Ph.D. in 1951.[2]

From 1951 ro 1952 she worked on the research staff at M.I.T.[2] She then returned to China and became a lecturer in the Department of Physics at Fudan University in Shanghai, one of China's top universities. She served in this position from 1952 to 1956.[4] She became an associate professor at Fudan and served in that capacity from 1956 to 1962. From 1958 to 1966 she served as adjunct director, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1962 she was appointed Professor of Physics, Fudan University and continued in that capacity. From 1978 to 1983 she served as Director of the Institute of Modern Physics of Fudan University. She was appointed vice president of Fudan University in 1978 and served in that position until 1983. In 1983 she was appointed President of Fudan University, and she served in that capacity until 1988. Thus, she was the first woman president of a major comprehensive university in socialist China.[3] From 1985 she also served as Director of the Center for American Studies of Fudan University, and in 1988 she was appointed Advisor to Fudan University.[2]

Xie Xide was an outstanding educational leader, and also a key figure in the development of China's educational relations with the international community.[3]

Xie Xide pursued a distinguished career as a scientist, making important contributions in the field of solid-state physics.[3] Her research work was concentrated in solid state physics, semiconductor physics, and surface physics.[6]

Xie Xide was appointed to the Communist Party's Central Committee in 1982 and served as one of 210 full members.[2][7]

Following their completion of graduate studies, she married Cao Tianquin, a long-time friend who became a distinguished biochemist; their son was born in 1956.[7][3]

Xie Xide died on March 4, 2000.[4]

Published works

Xie Xide published more than eighty papers and several books and monographs.[4] Some of Xie's published work include:

Xie also published the following books:


Since 1981, Xie Xide has received honorary doctorates from twelve universities from a number of different nations and regions, including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong and China.[4] Xie Xice was a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an Academician of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and a Distinguished Scholar of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with The People's Republic of China.[4]


  1. ^ "Centre for American Studies, Fudan University". Archived from the original on 2007-03-19. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Xie, Xide". CWP at Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ruth Hayhoe (2006). Portraits of Influential Chinese Educators. Springer. p. 172.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f "A Brief Introduction to Xie Xide". Fudan University. 
  5. ^ "Notable Alumnae". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Xie Xide" A talented female physicist". Xiamen University. 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Takashi Oka (1984). "Xie Xide - The gentle president of China's Fudan University". The Christian Science Monitor. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Li Guohao
Chairman of Shanghai CPPCC
1988 – 1993
Succeeded by
Chen Tiedi
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