At 3:35 on January 2, 2019, Gu Fangzhou, a famous medical scientist and virologist who developed a “sugar pill” vaccine to eradicate polio in
China and former president and first-class professor of Peking Union Medical College of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences,
died in Beijing at the age of 92 because of ineffective treatment. On the afternoon of January 6, Mr. Gu
Fangzhou’s Memorial Meeting was held at Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.
Recalling the past
My father took me for a “trial”
Gu Fangzhou devoted his efforts to the prevention and treatment of poliomyelitis, and ultimately helped to achieve the complete eradication of poliomyelitis in China and maintain a long-term polio-free state. Gu Fangzhou used Gu Lidong, his eldest son, who had just completed a full moon, to test the vaccine during the clinical trial period. “I have no complaints about my father’s decision at that time.” “Polio eradication is the father’s lifelong wish,” he said. “Although as his children, we did not inherit his bowl, but I was pleased to have been able to participate in the experiment.
Gu Lidong told Beijing Youth Daily that during the “drug test”, his father kept his mother’s secret. “But when he made this decision, he must have thought it over carefully. They had done a lot of animal experiments at that time, and the Father himself had a personal test. In my opinion, on the one hand, it is his confidence in his scientific research achievements, on the other hand, it is also due to the sense of mission and dedication of the older generation of scientists.
“Father’s life for a big thing, to do a big thing, is to eradicate polio. My family often recalls my father’s life and work. Recently, we have seen many reports about my father’s deeds, which makes us proud.
Chat about work
It’s normal to study late into the night.
On the spot of the memorial meeting, Gu Lidong also recalled a small incident in his childhood. He said that mothers also learn about viruses. “At that time, the responsibility of taking care of my brother’s sleeping at night fell on me. On one occasion, the biology institute’s canteen showed a movie, which was my favorite “Tunnel War”. After coaxing my brother to sleep early, I sneaked out to watch the movie. Halfway through, the radio suddenly shouted, “Gu Lidong, please come to the gate.” In the past, when my brother woke up and my parents and I weren’t around, he came to the gate to look for us. Only then did I realize that it was late at night and that my father and mother were still working hard in the laboratory.
Gu Lidong said that working late into the night was the norm in their childhood. “They’re all in the sterile room. The procedures for entering and leaving are very complicated, so it’s very difficult for them to get out when they go in.”
Talk about family style
Strictly Administering Schools and Families
Gu Lidong recalled that his father not only governed his school strictly, but also his family strictly. When we lived in Dongjiao Minxiang, there was a big table at home. The father held parents’meetings for the children from time to time. “We should reflect on the lack of learning and morality.”
Gu Fangzhou is the kindest father to his eldest son Gu Liedong. “For his mother, he is a good husband, and for the younger generation, he is a good teacher and friend.”
Gu Lidong mentioned that his father enjoyed taking pictures before he died, and took many pictures of his mother and their siblings in his spare time.
After Mr. Gu Fangzhou’s death, his family received many condolences from his
former colleagues and students. Gu Lidong said: “Because they are both
medical students, mothers are psychologically prepared for their father’s death, and now they are more concerned
with their father’s aftermath.” Gu Lidong said that before his father died, he had
given some instructions to his children. “He said that he hoped we could be down-to-earth and do things steadily, and also told us to take good care of our mothers.”