The recent publication of the twenty-four-volume Zhu Kezhen Quanji (hereafter ZKZQJ) is a historians’ dream come true and a milestone for the historical studies of science and society in modern China. The massive set not only makes Zhu Kezhen 竺可桢 (Coching Chu 1890–1974) one of the best documented of all Chinese scientists but also provides a gold mine of primary sources on the broader history of Chinese science, education, and politics at a scale and with details unsurpassed in the modern era, with potential relevance for many disciplines in the social and natural sciences.

Zhu Kezhen is best known as a pioneering meteorologist who occupied important positions in Chinese science and education during his long and distinguished career (Wang 2002, 2007). He was also a trailblazer in the historical studies of science and technology in China...

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