Tian Zhaowu, male, Han nationality, is a native of Fuzhou, Fujian Province.
He graduated from the Chemistry Department of Xiamen University in 1949 and
obtained anhonorary doctorate degree from British Wales University in 1984.
For most of the 1980s, Tian served as the president of his alma mater, Xiamen University. A chemist, he became chairman of the China Chemistry Association in 1986. He advocated the importance of cross discipline studies, expanding the research field to microscopic technology of photoelectrical chemistry, electrochemical tunnel scanning, micro-processing technology of three dimensions, CMOS chip biochemical labs, spectrum electrochemistry, and quanta electrochemistry.
Tian advanced the Feature Current idea of multi-hole electrode polarization and the Uneven Liquid Film model. He also promoted electrochemical technology , including a new generation of ion chromatogram suppressers, corrosion measurement systems, and the first domestic electrochemical comprehensive testers.
In 1980, he was elected as an academician to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.