Qi Faren, male, Han nationality, is a native of Fuxian County, Liaoning Province. He was born in 1933 and graduated from the Radio Department of Beijing Aviation Institute in 1957. Qi joined the CPC in 1956.
After graduating, Qi was assigned to the 1st branch of the 5th Research Institute at the Ministry of Defense. At the ministry, he held deputy chief and then chief positions at the 501 Research Institute. In addition, Qi served as deputy director and deputy chief at the 501 research office and 529 factory respectively, at the Ministry of Defense.
Long involved in the country's satellite, industry, Qi was the general designer of the Dongfanghong No. 2 satellite and served as a deputy general designer for a domestic satellite communication project. He also was deputy general weather designer for the Fengyun No. 2 satellite, designer for the Dongfanghong No. 2 A satellite, and the general designer for the Shenzhou No. 2 airship.
An academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the International Spaceflight Science Academy, Qi was awarded a special prize for national science and technology progress in 1985 for his work involving communication satellite and microwave testing. Qi won a first prize for science and technology progress in 1993 from the Spaceflight Corporation. The Ministry of Personnel named him a young and middle-aged expert with outstanding contributions.