China tearfully bids farewell to 'father of hybrid rice' scientist Yuan Longping

BEIJING – Shortly after news broke of scientist Yuan Longping’s death on Saturday (May 22), much of the Chinese Internet erupted in collective grief to mourn the death of the man known as China’s “father of hybrid rice”.

His discovery of the high-yield crop has been widely credited with alleviating famine and poverty in parts of Asia and Africa.

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