Prof. Hou, born in Xuzhou of Jiangsu Province on 26 March 1949, is a Professor in Yunnan University and the Director of Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology, Yunnan University. Graduated from the Department of Earth Sciences of Nanjing University in 1977, he remained in the Department for teaching palaeontology and historical geology. Received a Master Degree of Science in Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1981, he remained in the Institute to study the Cambrian bradoriids from 1981 to 1984. While making investigation into Lower Cambrian bradoriids in Yunnan Province in 1984, he first discovered the famous Chengjiang biota on July 1st 1984 from the Lower Cambrian Qiongzhusi Formation at Maotian hill of Chengjiang County, Yunnan Province. It give us the first real possibility to study the variability of the earliest Phanerozoic animals and their construction close to or at the very roots of metazoan phyla. Since then he has been working on it, which led to considerable opportunities to broaden his field of work. From 1990 to 1997, he did his research work in collaboration with Professor Jan Bergström at the Department of Palaeozoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm and received a Ph. D. in Uppsala University in 1997. In August 1997, he came back to the Nanjing Institute and transferred to Yunnan University in August 2000. He has 28 years of research experience on the Chengjiang Lagerstatte and obtained many achievements in scientific research independently and together with cooperators, published 73 papers and 4 monographs. He won the First Prize of National Natural Science of China in 2003 and the Outstanding Award of the Yunnan Province Natural Science etc.
Biography Updated on 5 August 2012