Tsien, Hsue-Shen (1911–)
After World War II, he applied knowledge gained from the V-2 missile program to the design of an intercontinental space plane. Tsien's work on this concept inspired the design of the Dyna-Soar and, ultimately, that of the Space Shuttle.
In 1950, at the start of the McCarthy era, Tsien was falsely accused of communist activities and for the next five years subjected to harassment and virtual house arrest before being deported to the People's Republic of China. Subsequently, he became the father of Chinese ICBM technology and of the Long March launch vehicle. He watched the launch of the first manned Chinese mission in 2003 from his hospital bed.
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