Family: Zhang Shousheng did not know about his depression before he died in San Francisco

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 Family: Zhang Shousheng did not know about his depression before he died in San Francisco


On December 6, 2018, the family of Zhang Shousheng, a Chinese physicist and professor at Stanford University, issued a statement confirming that the 55-year-old died unexpectedly on December 1 (last Saturday) after struggling with depression. Zhang Shousheng was once hailed as the closest Chinese scientist to the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to topological insulators.

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On December 7, 2018, Peng Mei News contacted Sean McCormack, a family spokesman for Zhang Shousheng, who clarified some of the previous rumors about the cause of Professor Zhangs death. The family spokesman also gave a new explanation to the news report that Professor Zhang Shousheng died of depression accidentally.

In response to Professor Zhang Shoushengs statement that he committed suicide by jumping from a building at Stanford University, a family spokesman said that Professor Zhang died in San Francisco, not Stanford University. It is reported that Stanford University is located in Palo Alto, south of San Francisco Bay District, California, USA. According to the city of San Francisco, it is about an hours drive.

On December 6, Professor Zhang Shoushengs family issued a statement referring to Professor Zhang Shoushengs accidental death after his struggle against depression, which was interpreted by many media as Professor Zhang Shoushengs death from depression.

In fact, Professor Zhangs family did not know that Professor Zhang was diagnosed with depression. In retrospect, however, they began to believe that he had symptoms of depression. (Hisfamilywasnt aware of reofanysuchdiagnosis. However, in retrospect, the yhavecometobelieve the hadsymptoms of depression.)

In hindsight, the family now understands that Professor Zhangs struggle is more stressful than everybodys daily life, said a spokesman for Zhang Shoushengs family. Sadly, we know that even the closest people often dont know their lovers pain. We hope you will respect Professor Zhangs familys privacy and their sad process.

Professor Zhang Shouchengs colleague Shamit Kachru, chairman of the physics department at Stanford University, commented on Professor Zhang in an email interview with a surging journalist: Hes a great man, and his death was a heavy blow.

Zhang Shousheng is a professor of physics at Stanford University, a member of the American Physical Society, an academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Gaoyou, Jiangsu Province, was born in Shanghai in 1963. He received his bachelors degree in physics from the Free University of Berlin in 1983, then went to New York State University to study for a PhD in physics. From 1987 to 1989, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and from 1989 to 1993 as a senior fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He was professor of physics at Stanford University in 1993 and was elected foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. In 2007, the quantum spin Hall effect discovered by Zhang Shousheng was ranked as one of the ten most important scientific breakthroughs in the world by Science magazine. He has won several heavyweight awards in physics, including the European Physics Award (2010), the Barclays Award (2012), the Dirac Award of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (2012), the Yuri Prize for Basic Physics (2013) and the Franklin Medal. Source: Wang Fengzhi _NT2541

Zhang Shousheng is a professor of physics at Stanford University, a member of the American Physical Society, an academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Gaoyou, Jiangsu Province, was born in Shanghai in 1963. He received his bachelors degree in physics from the Free University of Berlin in 1983, then went to New York State University to study for a PhD in physics. From 1987 to 1989, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and from 1989 to 1993 as a senior fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He was professor of physics at Stanford University in 1993 and was elected foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013.

In 2007, the quantum spin Hall effect discovered by Zhang Shousheng was ranked as one of the ten most important scientific breakthroughs in the world by Science magazine. He has won several heavyweight awards in physics, including the European Physics Award (2010), the Barclays Award (2012), the Dirac Award of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (2012), the Yuri Prize for Basic Physics (2013) and the Franklin Medal.