Fish Biologist and Zoologist.
Native of Xianyou county, Fujian Province.
In Aug 1964, Chen graduated from the Department of Biology at Xiamen University.
In 1988, he was a senior visiting scholar at Natural History Museum (London).
In 1989, he was a professor at Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
During 1991-1995, Chen served as director of Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
1995-2003, served as vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2004-2013, he served as the president of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).