Chen Hsin Tao, born in Gutian, Fujian, graduated from Fujian Christian University in 1925. In 1929, Chen received a master of science in zoology (parasitology) from the University of Minnesota. After that, he earned a Ph.D. from the Medical School at Harvard University in 1931.
Upon returning to China, Chen served as a professor at Lingnan University, South China Medical College, and Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences. He then served as the director of Guangdong Institute of Schistosomiasis Control and Guangdong Institute of Tropical Diseases Prevention. In addition, Chen served as a representative on the 3rd and 4th National People’s Congress.
Chen is one of the founders of parasitology in China and has published more than 150 academic articles and a book titled “Medical Parasitology”. Chen was the editor-in-chief of the book “Schistosomiasis in China” which won the third prize of the National Natural Sceince Award.