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Hui-lin Li

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Hui-lin Li (李慧林, 1911–2002) was a Chinese botanist, academic, and researcher who worked at the University of Pennsylvania, National Taiwan University, and Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Hui-lin Li was born in Soochow, a city close to Shanghai. Li earned Biology degrees from Soochow University (B.S., 1930) and Yenching University (M.S., 1932). In 1940, he traveled to the United States, and earned a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1942. From 1943 to 1946 Li studied under Francis W. Pennell and Jacob R. Schramm at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Li was appointed to a professorship at Soochow University in 1946 and at National Taiwan University in Taipei in 1947. He returned to the United States and carried out research at the University of Virginia in 1950, the Smithsonian Institution in 1951, and the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. In 1958 Li joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained until retiring in 1979. The collected Hui-lin Li Papers are archived at the University of Pennsylvania.[1]

Selected publications

From 1932 to 1983, Hui-lin Li published over 200 papers and 9 books.[2] Some notable books are:

Li was chair of the editorial committee and a contributor to the (1975-1979) Flora of Taiwan, and the first translator of the c. 304 Nanfang Caomu Zhuang "Plants of the Southern Regions" (1979).

Awards and honors

Li was awarded a Harrison Fellowship for Research at the University of Pennsylvania in 1943, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1961, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1968. He won research grants from institutions such as the American Philosophical Society and American Council of Learned Societies. Li was elected a member of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan in 1964, and was a visiting Professor of Biology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1964 to 1965.


  1. ^ "Guide to the Hui-lin Li (1911 - 2002) Papers, 1831 - 1996". Penn University Archives and Records Center. 2002. UPT 50 L693 (Prepared by Kaiyi Chen). Archived from the original on 4 February 2007.
  2. ^ See also "Li, Hui Lin (1911-2002)". International Plant Names Index.

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