Li Kezuo, who was born in 1917 in Zibo, Shandong province, graduated from Wuhan University in machinery in 1940. In 1948, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in agricultural engineering.
After Li returned to China, he served as deputy manager and chief engineer at Beijing Agricultural Machinery Plant and Beijing Internal Combustion Engine General Factory. He then became vice general manager, chief engineer, and advanced engineer at Beijing Automotive Industry General Company. In addition, Li served on the board of the Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery.
Li led the development and experimental manufacturing of a double shared double wheeled plow, GT4.9 grain harvester, 4115 diesel engine, and 492 carbureted engine. He also edited the book “A brief review of agricultural mechanization development in Soviet Union, the United States, Great Britain, and Japan.”