Mei Yangchun
Mei Yangchun

Mei Yangchun, the famous bridge expert, was born in Nanchang city of Jiangxi Province , China.

In 1923, after graduation from Qinghua University, Mei Yangchun was sent to study abroad inPurdue University in the United States. In 1928, he returned to China.

In the early years, he was the engineer of QIantangjiang Bridge which is the first bridge designed and constructed by Chinese. During the period of Anti-Japanese War, Mei Yangchun dedicated to pay for the construction of the important bridges such as Liujiang Bridge and Changxin Bridge.

In the years of 1950s, Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, the first bridge on the Yangtze River, began to construct, and Mei Yangchun was directed to be the general engineer in charge of the design and construction.

In 1958, China decided to build Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, and changed the name of Wuhan MAJOR BRIDGE ENGINEERING Bureau into MAJOR BRIDGE ENGINEERING Bureau. Mei Yangchun was general engineer and began to word hard for Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, the first bridge fully designed and constructed by Chinese and using domestic materials.

Mei Yangchun worked day and night until he fell sick in his office. After strongly rescuing, he saved his life. In Spring of 1962, after a slight improvement in his body, Mei Yangchun insisted returning to the bridge site to see the bridge in construction. Unexpectedly, due to emotional shock, he relapsed on the night and died grasping his wife’s hand.

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge was completed in 1968 and won the first Grand Prize of the first National Science and Technology Progress Award. Mei Yangchun was the first winner. Mei Yangchun will be recorded in the glorious history forever.
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