>Upon his return, Tsien helped lead the Chinese nuclear weapons program. This effort ultimately led to China's first successful atomic bomb test and hydrogen bomb test, making China the fifth nuclear weapons state, and achieving the fastest fission-to-fusion development in history.
Great job guys.
My parents always told me stories about him when I was little. I never really understood the implications. Thanks for posting this.
"Congratulations, you played yourself." - probably Qian Xuesen
whoever wrote that wiki article took pains to make sure he was not protrayed as an american. he was a chinese american, with a green card. he tried applying for us citizenship but was denied. the article tried to spin this as him not able to raise enough money to get us citizenship.
there are other biases in the wiki article. "Qian's reputation as a prominent scientist who essentially defected from the United States to China " ????
These people, like many of the people ITT, don't seem to understand how researchers think.
Like Von Braun, Qian Xuesan wasn't doing it because he believed that Rockets were essential to protecting his home country or anything like that. He did his research because he was passionate about rockets and the US military was the best source of funding.
If they won't allow him to do research, of course he'll go somewhere else that will, but conversely it's not like he'd go leaking classified information left and right if they had kept him.
"If I'm going to get punished for something I didn't do, I might as well go ahead and do it!" -This guy, probably.
Chinese here, in the version of his story that’s told in school here, he left the US because he was super patriotic and wanted to devote himself to the rise of the “new” China voluntarily. This is a very refreshing perspective to me.
Yup, a friend of my dad is a programmer at JPL and talked about this with us.
He was important enough that he got sent to Germany after WW2 to recruit Nazi scientists into the space program but because he was from a communist country with an easily identifiable populace he suddenly became a security threat. They revoked all his clearances and wouldn't let him continue with his research. However because he knew so much about the space program they wouldn't allow him to leave to go back to China for 5 years for fear of what he could teach the Chinese government.
When the US finally did release him, the Chinese were more than happy to have him and his 'outdated' knowledge. And it is because of him that the Chinese government is only 5-10 years behind US rocket technology rather than the 30 years behind they should have been if they had started from scratch.
Makes you wonder what industry Africa, Latin America or the Middle-East is going to rival the US in a couple decades because we didn't want some brown-skinned scientist 'compromising' our security. =/
Edit: Ooohh, looks like my last sentence pissed off a bunch of T_D snowflakes who were all living under a rock during the travel ban. This should be interesting...
On a similar note, Robert Goddard's pioneering work on rocketry was mocked during his lifetime, and among the first to take his research seriously were the freakin' Nazis.
While he never worked for them, his published knowledge allowed them to build the some of the earliest modern weaponized rockets. When the Cold War and Space Race began after WW2, the US and USSR were trying to recruit as many Nazi scientists as they could, because many of the world's rocket scientists at the time were german.
Wernher von Braun spearheaded the design of the the Saturn V, the rocket which brought Apollo 11 to the moon.
I'm not going to hop into the right vs left debate in all its gruesome glory, but the right still slaps "communist" as a label on anyone they don't like. It's pathetic. I'm sure they have better reasoning, but they keep going back to demagoguery.
Chinese here. not nuclear bomb, but long range missile.