Yuan Longping, male, Han nationality, is a native of De'an, Jiangxi province. He was born in 1930 and graduated from Southwest China Agricultural Institute.
Yuan Longping has had a renowned career in agriculture. He has won many prizes both in China and abroad for his outstanding work. Yuan began researching hybrid rice in 1964 and developed three strains of hybrid rice (male sterile, maintainer and restorer), and obtained the world's first high-yielding hybrid rice strains in 1973. Yuan made breakthroughs in hybrid rice breeding and perfected production techniques by 1984. He has been praised as the "father of hybrid rice" for his contribution to hybrid rice development in China, which is now the world's most advanced. Yuan Longping was elected an academician to the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 1995.
Yuan Longping was a delegate to the 5th NPC.