Pu Chih-lung, born in 1912 in Yunnan, received a bachelor of science from National Sun Yat-sen University in 1935 and a master’s degree in biology from Yenching University in 1938. After that, Pu taught at Sun Yat-sen University and in 1946, he was enrolled at the University of Minnesota and received a doctorate degree in entomology in 1949.
After returning to China, Pu served successively as director of Guangdong Agricultural Experiment Station, and professor of South China Agricultural University, director of Central South Institute of Insects at China Academy of Sciences, professor and vice-president at Sun Yat-Sen University, director of Institute of Entomology at Sun Yat-sen University, dean of College of Life Sciences at Sun Yat-sen University, honorary board member of Chinese Entomology Society and Chinese Ecology Society, representative of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th National People’s Congress, and chairman of the 2nd and 3rd Science and Technology Association in Guangdong. In 1980, Pu was elected to become an academician of the Department of Biology at China Academy of Sciences.
In 1980, Pu received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest honor for alumni.