Bai Chunli, male, Manchu nationality, is a native of Dandong, Liaoning Province. He was born in 1953 and earned a doctorate at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Chemistry.
As a post-doctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology's jet propulsion laboratory, Bai Chunli started his exploration into the atomic world. In March of 1989, Bai's research group developed China's first atomic force microscope, which was used to observe the surface structure of several conductors, semi-conductors and insulators. Bai, who has received various awards from the state and the science academy, is now remolding the sweep tunnel microscope probe to adapt the microscope to low-temperature and vacuum conditions.
Bai Chunli is a Chinese Academy of Sciences academician and physical chemist as well as a research fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Chemistry. He was an alternate member of the 16th CPC Central Committee and is now an alternate member of the 17th CPC Central Committee. In 2007, he was awarded as the Honorary Fellow by Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the first Chinese that gets this distinct honor. Bai was also the 6th and 7th Vice-President of Chinese Science and Technology Association. In 2011, he became President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Bai is a Member of the 19th CPC Central Committee.