Rong Baisheng

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Rong Baisheng
Native name
容柏生
Born(1930-08-27)27 August 1930
Guangzhou, China
Died11 May 2019(2019-05-11) (aged 88)
Guangzhou, China
Alma mater South China Institute of Technology
OccupationArchitect, Civil Engineer
Works
Shenzhen Shangri-La Hotel (1981)
Guangdong International Building (1985)

Rong Baisheng (Chinese :容柏生; 27 August 1930 – 11 May 2019) was a Chinese architect and civil engineer. A pioneer in skyscraper design and construction in China, he was elected an inaugural member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1995. His works include the Guangdong International Building, which was China's tallest building when completed in 1990, and the Shenzhen Shangri-La Hotel (1981).

Chinese language family of languages

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Civil engineer engineer specialising in design, construction and maintenance of the built environment

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Chinese Academy of Engineering academy of sciences

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Early life and education

Rong was born on 27 August 1930 [1] in Guangzhou, Guangdong, Republic of China, with his ancestral home in Nanping, Zhuhai. [2] His father was in the military, and the family became refugees during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He was frequently on the run with his mother and siblings to evade Japanese occupation. [2]

Guangzhou Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China

Guangzhou, also known as Canton and formerly romanized as Kwangchow or Kwong Chow, is the capital and most populous city of the province of Guangdong in southern China. On the Pearl River about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km (90 mi) north of Macau, Guangzhou has a history of over 2,200 years and was a major terminus of the maritime Silk Road, and continues to serve as a major port and transportation hub, as well as one of China's three largest cities.

Guangdong Most populous province of the Peoples Republic of China

Guangdong is a coastal province in South China on the north shore of South China Sea. Its capital of the province is Guangzhou. With a population of 113.46 million across a total area of about 179,800 km2 (69,400 sq mi), Guangdong is the most populous province of China and the 15th-largest by area. Its economy is larger than that of any other province in the nation and the 6th largest sub-national economy in the world with a GDP size of 1.47 trillion US dollars in 2018. The Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, a Chinese megalopolis, is a core for high technology, manufacturing and foreign trade. Located in this zone are two of the four top Chinese cities and the top two Chinese prefecture-level cities by GDP; Guangzhou, the capital of the province, and Shenzhen, the first special economic zone in the country. These two are among the most populous and important cities in China, and have now become two of the world's most populous megacities.

In Chinese culture, hometown or ancestral home is the place of origin of one's extended family. It may or may not be the place where one is born.

After the surrender of Japan in 1945, Rong returned to Guangzhou and resumed his education. [2] In September 1949, he entered the Civil Engineering Department of Lingnan University (Guangzhou). [3] In 1952, when the Communist government reorganized China's higher education according to the Soviet model, Lingnan's engineering departments became part of the newly established South China Institute of Technology (now South China University of Technology), and Rong was a member of the first class that graduated from the university in July 1953. [2] [3]

Surrender of Japan surrender of the Empire of Japan during the World War II

The surrender of Imperial Japan was announced by Hirohito on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was incapable of conducting major operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent. Together with the British Empire and China, the United States called for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945—the alternative being "prompt and utter destruction". While publicly stating their intent to fight on to the bitter end, Japan's leaders were privately making entreaties to the publicly neutral Soviet Union to mediate peace on terms more favorable to the Japanese. While maintaining a sufficient level of diplomatic engagement with the Japanese to give them the impression they might be willing to mediate, the Soviets were covertly preparing to attack Japanese forces in Manchuria and Korea in fulfillment of promises they had secretly made to the United States and the United Kingdom at the Tehran and Yalta Conferences.

Lingnan University (Guangzhou) university in Guangzhou (Canton), China

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South China University of Technology University in Guangdong, China

South China University of Technology is a major public research university in China. It is located in the Tianhe District and Panyu District of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, China. It is a multidisciplinary university focusing on engineering, combined with science, also promoting well coordinated development of management, economics, humanities and law. Its engineering ranks at 22nd among world universities according to Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2016. U.S. News & World Report ranks South China University of Technology 46 in engineering among Best Global Universities in 2018. It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Class A Double First Class University.

Career

Upon graduation from university, Rong worked at the Guangdong Provincial Architectural Design and Research Institute from 1953 to 1958. [4] From January 1958 to January 1972, he taught for 14 years at the Guangdong Provincial Architecture and Engineering School. He returned to the Guangdong Provincial Architectural Design and Research Institute in 1972. [4] After working for decades at the state-owned company, he started his own firm, RBS Architectural Engineering Design Associates, in January 2003. [3] [4]

Guangdong International Building, designed in 1985, completed in 1990 Guangdong International Building.jpg
Guangdong International Building, designed in 1985, completed in 1990

In the 1970s, Rong began researching the structural design of skyscrapers, and devised a complete system of methodology and computer programs. [1] With the commencement of the reform and opening era, Rong's career prospered in the 1980s. He designed the Shenzhen Asia Hotel (now Shangri-La Hotel) in 1981. The 33-story building was a landmark of Shenzhen at the time, and won a Science and Technology Progress Award from the Ministry of Construction of China. [2]

Shenzhen Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China

Shenzhen is a major city in the Chinese province of Guangdong; it forms part of the Pearl River Delta megalopolis, bordering Hong Kong to the south, Huizhou to the northeast, and Dongguan to the northwest. It holds sub-provincial administrative status, with powers slightly less than those of a province.

In 1985, Rong designed the 200-meter, 63-story Guangdong International Building using innovative designs and technologies. [2] [5] When completed in 1990, it was the tallest building in China and the first 200-meter skyscraper in the country. [6] It won a National Design Gold Medal, the Zhan Tianyou Civil Engineering Award, and the State Science and Technology Progress Award (Second Class). [2] [5] Recognized as a pioneer in skyscraper design and construction in China, Rong was elected an inaugural member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1995. [2] [3]

Guangdong International Building Skyscraper in Guangzhou, China

The Guangdong International Building or Guangdong International Hotel is a 63-storey, 200 m (660 ft) skyscraper in Guangzhou, China. The tower was designed by Rong Baisheng of the Guangdong Provincial Architectural Design and Research Institute in 1985. When completed in 1990, it was the tallest building in China and the first 200-metre skyscraper in the country.

Zhan Tianyou Chinese railroad engineer

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Personal life

Rong died in Guangzhou, China on 11 May 2019, at the age of 88. [2] [3]

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