Chen Zhu

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.
Chen Zhu (2011)

Chen Zhu (Chinese: 陈竺; pinyin: Chén Zhú; born August 17, 1953) is a Chinese hematologist, molecular biologist, and politician. He is chairman of the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party, a vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress,[1] and President of the Red Cross Society of China.[2] He formerly served as China's Minister of Health. Chen also holds a professorship at the School of Medicine of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Chen was born in Shanghai in August 1953 and his ancestral hometown is Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province.

Chen obtained his master's degree from the Shanghai Second Medical Sciences University (now the medical school of Shanghai Jiao Tong University) in September, 1981.[1] He obtained his Ph.D. from the Paris Diderot University (Paris 7) in Paris, France. Chen completed his medical residency and postdoctoral research at the same university and its teaching hospital.[1]

Chen is former President of the Shanghai Institute of Hematology and former Director-general of the China Human Genome Center (South) in Shanghai.

Honors and awards

Chen is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the United States Institute of Medicine, foreign member of the French Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Chen is also a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. He was elected an Honorary Fellows of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008.

Chen was awarded the State Scientific and Technological Award by the Chinese government and the "Prix de l'Qise" by "La Ligue Nationale contre le Cancer" of France (he is the first non-French winner).

In 2002, Chen received the Légion d'honneur from French Government. In 2005, Chen was given an honorary doctor of science by the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

In 2010, Chen was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of the University) by the University of York, UK, at a ceremony in Beijing.

In 2012, Chen was awarded the 7th Annual Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research by the National Foundation for Cancer Research.[3] He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013.[4]


Chen Zhu's father Chen Jialun (陈家伦) and mother Xu Manyin (许曼音) are both prominent doctors and medical professors in Shanghai. He is the eldest of three children. His youngest brother, Chen Zhen (1955–2000), was a globally recognized artist based in France. He also has a sister named Chen Jian (陈简).[5] Chen Zhu's wife Chen Saijuan is also a well-known hematologist and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.[5] The couple have a son. Both Chen and his wife studied under Professor Wang Zhenyi.


Government offices
Preceded by
Gao Qiang
PRC Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Li Bin
as Chairwoman of the new National Health and Family Planning Commission
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