Shi Changxu, male, Han nationality, is a native of Xushui, Hebei Province. He graduated from State Northwest China Institute of Technology in 1945 and obtained a master's degree from Missouri Mineral Metallurgy College in 1948. Shi later obtained a doctorate degree from Rotterdam University in 1952. He is a metal and material scientist.
Shi has a long list of academic credentials. He has served as a researcher and honorary superintendent of the metal research institute of the China Academy of Science and was a specially invited advisor of the National Natural Science Fund Committee. He was also vice-president of the China Academy of Engineering and was elected as an academician to that academy in 1994. The following year in 1995, he became an academician with the Third World Academy of Science.
He also has received recognition for his research accomplishments. Shi is regarded as a pioneer in high temperature alloy experiments that led to the development of the first iron-based high alloy in China. He led the development of the first generation of nick-based high temperature alloy turbine blade in hollow air cooling foundries, which were heat-resistant, and of a low temperature material. Shi presided over the creation of a national science and technology development planning for the country concerning metallurgical material, material science, and other new materials. He also supervised a project that fixed and evaluated the work of national key laboratories, national engineering research centers, and national key scientific engineering.
Shi was elected as an academician to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1980.