“One’s head should revolve around the facts, not the facts around your head.”
Professor Jia Lanpo was born in 1908 in Yutian, Hebei Province, and he was one of China’s leading archeologists. He replaced Pei Wenchung as the head of the Zhoukoudian excavations in 1935, and found three skulls of Homo erectus pekinensis in the following year. He examined the relationship between the Peking Man and fossils of various associated animals, and proposed that Peking Man experienced climate change at Zhoukoudian. He organized and participated in the excavation of a series of famous ancient human and cultural sites, such as the Dingcun and Xujiayao sites in Shanxi Province, and studied two traditions of microlith technology, including their origin and global distribution. He was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1980, a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 1994, and a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 1996. Jia was a professor of the IVPP, vice director of the Division of Cenozoic Research, director of the Institute’s collections, and head of the Zhoukoudian workstation.