Xiong Wenyu, who was born in Chongqing County, Sichuan Province in 1951, received his bachelor's degree in forestry at Sichuan University in 1940 and stayed there as teaching assistant. Four years later, he was promoted to a lecturer in principles of forestry and silviculture. In 1944, he was granted the English Foundation Scholarship to study abroad and began auditing at the University of Toronto. He then transferred to into the School of Forestry at Yale University, where he received a master's degree in 1947. In August of the same year, Xiong enrolled in the University of Minnesota and earned his doctorate degree in forest ecology in 1951. After two years of research at the University of Minnesota, Xiong decided to return to China in 1953. Xiong then served as first an associate professor, then a professor, and eventually as the head of the Department of Forestry at Nanjing Forestry University, as the director at China Forestry Society, and as a member of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council. In 1986, Xiong was elected as the head of the IUFRO Fifth Division professional team at the 18th IUFRO World Conference. In 1987, he was included in the Longman’s “Who's Who in Science ” biology volume. The following year, he was included in the Cambridge International Center’s “Who’s who in the Far East and Australian scientists” and “The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals.” In 1990, Xiong won the “IUFRO Outstanding Contribution Award”.
Xiong has fully engaged himself in researching and teaching forest ecology and has made significant contributions to the development of forestry and forest ecology modernization in China. The book Forest Science edited by Xiong in 1959 was widely adapted as textbook in China at the time. He also led the editing of Bamboo Industry Newsletters. Xiong plays a vital role in the development of the bamboo industry in China and is widely known as “Mr. Bamboo”.
Here is an interview with Xiong Wenyu conducted by Nanjing Forestry University: http://video.fjlib.xuexi365.com/play_400003544_33053.shtml