- © 2005 Journal of Foraminiferal Research
Dr. Zheng Shouyi received the Joseph A. Cushman Award for outstanding contributions to the field of foraminiferology on November 3, 2003. Dr. Bilal U. Haq presented the award during the Cushman Foundation’s awards ceremony at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Seattle, Washington. His summary of Dr. Zheng’s career accomplishments, adapted from his presentation, is given below.
Dr. Zheng Shouyi, recipient of the Cushman Foundation Award, is China’s leading foraminiferalogist, an academician and a senior research scientist at China’s premier Institute of Oceanology of the Academy of Sciences in Qingdao. Professor Zheng has spent a lifetime researching the foraminiferal faunas of the China Seas and has produced an impressive body of publications documenting these faunas.
Zheng Shouyi was born on May 20, 1931, in Manila, Philippines. She received her early school and university education in the Philippines, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Education and in Education from the University of the East. Her abiding interest in biology encouraged her to pursue graduate studies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, under the advisorship of the eminent Philippine botanist, Dr. Gregorio Velasquez. During this time she came to know Professor J. J. Graham of Stanford University, who was collaborating with Ms. Priscilla Militante of the University of Philippines on the foraminiferal fauna of the Puerto Galera Area, northern Mindoro, Philippines. It was in their laboratory that she was first introduced to the beautiful and diverse morphology of the foraminifera under the microscope. She says that it was “love at first sight” which inspired her to pursue the study of foraminifera.
In 1956, Dr. Zheng heard the call from her motherland for intellectuals to take part in the reconstruction of the country and decided to return to China. She …