Physicist and seminal Chinese dissident diesThe New York Times.
Fang was 76. The cause of death was not known, his son Fang Ke said in a telephone interview. A brilliant scientist – and in his early years a loyal member of the Communist Party – Fang had become China’s best-known dissident by the 1980s, his views shaped by persecution in China and exposure to Western political concepts abroad.
Fang later became a professor of physics at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he taught and continued to speak out on human rights until his death.
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