Wang Jin, who was born in 1888 in Minhou, Fujian, was one of the first Chinese students who came to the U.S. with the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1915 and then returned to China where he taught and served as deans at Nanjing Advanced Normal School (later renamed Southeast University) and National Central University in Nanjing. Wang played a significant role in developing China’s first analytical chemistry lab and founding the China Science Society and the China Chemistry Society. Wang was also the editor-in-chief of “Science,” which is a prominent research journal in China.
In 1934, Wang enrolled at the University of Minnesota and received a master’s degree in chemistry in 1936. Upon his return to China, he served as a professor and administrator successively at Sichuan University, Zhejiang University, and Hangzhou University.
Wang was the first person to propose the application of chemistry to archeological analysis of ancient currency. He was considered the pioneer in analytical chemistry and chemistry history research in China. In addition, Wang was very active in the political field. He served as a member of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the vice-chairman of 2nd and 3rd People’s Political Consultative Conference in Zhejiang.