Jiang Lijin, who was born in 1919, graduated from Yanjing University in 1938, and then enrolled in Peking Union Medical College in 1941. She transferred to St. Johns University in Shanghai and then to Fu Jen Catholic University where she received a bachelor of science in chemistry in 1944 and a master’s degree in 1948. She came to the University of Minnesota in 1948 and received her doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1951. After graduation, Jiang was a research associate at the University of Kansas from 1951 to 1953, and then a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1953 to 1955.
After Jiang returned to China, she was a professor at the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1956 until 1974 and then at the Institute of Photographic Chemistry, which was also a unit of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, from 1975 until her retirement.
Jiang was selected to serve as a member of 4th and 5th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and then a member of the standing committee of 6th, 7th, and 8th CPPCC. She received the Chinese Academy of Sciences National Science Award (second class) in 1990, 1993, and 1996. She published more than 200 articles in Chinese and international journals, and led the translation and publication of “Modern Molecular Photo-chemistry.”