Qu, male, Han nationality, is a native of Feicheng, Shandong Province. He was born in 1930 and joined the CPC in 1949. In 1952, Qu graduated from the Literature and Arts Department of Shandong University.
Qu was a pioneer in environmental protection issues. Through his writings on environmental Management and the social dimension of environmental programs, Qu developed the principles, objectives, and measures for environmental protection in China, playing a major role in developing the technology and industrialization of environmental protection. He won numerous awards for his contributions. Among these are the State Council special award and top grade prize for scientific progress; the gold medal award from the UN Environment Program, in1987; an honorary doctorate from Bradford University, UK, in 1988; the International Award for exceptional international distinction, in 1992; and the Special Gold Award of the All-China Award of Green Science. In 1996, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands honored Qu with a "Golden Ark" medal; Qu was the first Chinese to win this title. In 1994, he served as senior consultant to the World Environment Foundation.
Qu was a member of the standing committee of the 9th NPC and chairman of the 9th NPC Environment and Resources Protection Committee.