BEIJING – Xu Liangying, a renowned Chinese rights advocate, physicist and translator of Einstein, has died in Beijing. Xu was 92.
Xu's death was widely reported on academic discussion boards and confirmed by a doctor reached by phone at Haidian Hospital's intensive care unit in Beijing's university district where he lived for many years. The doctor declined to be identified by name and no cause of death was given.
Xu began translating Einstein in 1962 after being forced to leave his job as editor of a leading science journal for having criticized the policies of the Communist Party led by Mao Zedong. In all, Xu was the main translator of the three volumes of "The Collected Works of Einstein in Chinese," and initiated or wrote numerous letters and petitions defending human rights.