Su Buqing, male, Han nationality, is a native of Pingyang County, Zhejiang Province. He was born in 1902 into a long line of farmers who fled Fujian province in times of famine to settle in Zhejiang province. Aided by a schoolmaster, Su went to Japan in 1919, where he studied for 12 years, earning a Ph.D. in science. He joined the CPC in 1959.
Su was a renowned mathematician and educator, enjoying a high reputation at home and abroad. He had an impressive academic career as a dean at Zhejiang University and president of Fudan University. He was a member of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council. Su published over 150 papers in domestic and foreign academic publications, wrote a dozen highly specialized, academic books and enjoys writing poetry; he has written roughly 170 poems in his collection of Liangju Ji and Yeyu Chichao. In addition, he is an accomplished calligrapher.
Su was, in 1997, honorary chairman of the central committee of the China Democratic League, of which he had earlier been vice-chairman. He was a member of the 1st, 7th and 8th CPPCC National Committees, a member of the 5th CPPCC Shanghai Municipal Committee, and a member of the standing committee of the 5th and 6th NPC.