Duan Zhengcheng, academician of the Chinese Academy of engineering, Professor of the school of mechanical science and engineering of Huazhong University of science and technology and chief scientist of the National Engineering Research Center for manufacturing equipment digitization, died in Wuhan Thursday at the age of 86. He has been engaged in teaching and scientific research in the field of machinery manufacturing and automation for a long time, and has developed the world’s first full body gamma knife. Before he died, he told the students that to do scientific research, they should be able to stand the loneliness. If they can’t have a “pulse” outside, they should “shake”.
Academician Duan Zhengcheng was born in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province in June 1934. He joined the Communist Party of China in December 1979. In 1957, after graduating from Huazhong University of Technology (now Huazhong University of science and Technology), he stayed as a teaching assistant, lecturer, associate professor, deputy director and director of the teaching and Research Office, Professor, doctoral supervisor and director of the Institute of manufacturing automation. He was elected academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2009.
For more than 60 years, academician Duan Zhengcheng has been working in the teaching and scientific research line of the subject of machinery manufacturing and automation, closely combining with production, and committed to the basic application research and engineering technology research and development of automation, digital processing technology and equipment for the important needs of the country. He has successively won 2 National Science Conference Awards in 1978, 1 first prize and 3 second prizes of national science and technology progress, 1 provincial and ministerial special prize of science and technology progress, 7 first prizes and 4 second prizes, won outstanding contribution award of science and technology of Hubei Province in 2011, and published more than 200 papers. He has been awarded the title of national excellent teacher, model worker of Hubei Province, advanced educator of Hubei Province and advanced science and technology worker of Hubei Province. The teaching and scientific research team led by him was awarded the national advanced collective in 1993 and won the “May 1st” labor award.
According to the announcement of Huazhong University of science and technology, due to the current epidemic prevention and control, the funeral of academician Duan Zhengcheng was simplified, no farewell ceremony was held, and a memorial hall was set up online.