Chen Hong-Yu, who was born in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, graduated from the College of Agriculture at the University of Nanjing in 1934. He then received a master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in agronomy and plant genetics in 1938 and 1940, respectively.
Upon returning to China, Chen successively served at the Eastern China Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Seed Management, and Department of Agriculture in Fujian province. He also served as the first deputy chair on the board for the Fujian Society of Agriculture. Chen was selected as a representative of the 3rd National People’s Congress and the 5th and 6th Chinese People’s Political Consultative.
Chen has published two books “Crop Production Science and Purification” and “Regeneration of Fine Varieties of Seed.” Chen was also an editor for the publication “Improved Varieties of Rice.”