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Ye Peijian

Ye Peijian (simplified Chinese: 叶培建; traditional Chinese: 葉培建; born January 1945) is a Chinese aerospace engineer. He is the Chief Commander and Chief Designer of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (嫦娥工程).[1][2]


Ye was born in Huzhuang Village, Taixing, Jiangsu Province in January 1945. In 1962, he graduated from the Huzhou Middle School in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province. In 1967, he graduated from Zhejiang University, where he majored in radio technology. In 1980, he went to study in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and obtained a PhD at University of Neuchâtel in 1985.[3]

Ye is a professor both at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Harbin Institute of Technology. He is a research fellow and Chief Engineer at the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST).

Ye joined the Communist Party of China in 1986. He became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003.[4]

Ye speaks English and French fluently. The inner main-belt asteroid 456677 Yepeijian, discovered by the PMO NEO Survey Program at XuYi Station in 2007, was named in his honor.[1] Naming citation was published on 12 January 2017 (M.P.C. 103028).[5]


  1. ^ a b "456677 Yepeijian (2007 RM119)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ "资料:嫦娥工程总指挥兼总设计师叶培建" [About: Chang'e Project Commander and Chief Designer Ye Peijian]. Sohu. 22 October 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
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  4. ^ "China Vitae : Biography of Ye Peijian". China Vitae. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  5. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 6 March 2017.