Lin Jianhua is former President of Peking University and Professor of Chemistry, serving from February 2015 to October 2018. Prior to becoming President of Peking University, Professor Lin served as President of Chongqing University from December 2010 to June 2013, and President of Zhejiang University from 2013 to 2015. Other leadership roles have included: Dean of the College of Chemistry, Executive Vice President and Provost at Peking University from 1998 to 2010. Born in October 1955 in Inner Mongolia, China, Professor Lin received his PhD in Chemistry from Peking University in 1986 and joined the University as an academic faculty in the same year. From 1988 to 1993, he conducted his post-doctoral research in the field of inorganic solid chemistry and material chemistry first at Max-Planck Institute of Solid State Research in Germany and then at the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University and Ames National Laboratory in the US. In 1993, Professor Lin returned to teach at Peking University as an Associate Professor and was promoted to full professorship in 1995. Professor Lin’s research interests cover a wide range of areas in solid chemistry, with more focus on new metal borates with novel structure type, and synthesis, structure and properties of transition metal oxides. He has published over 140 journal articles on the related subjects. In addition to teaching and mentoring scores of students, Professor Lin won the 1st Prize for State-level Teaching Excellence in 2009. He was also awarded the 2nd Prize for Science and Technology Excellence by the Ministry of Education in 1995 and a recipient of National Outstanding Youth Foundation in 1997.