In Remembrance of Gang E

Gang E passed away on December 7th, 2001, at Tianjin No.3 Central Hospital due to terminal liver cancer. He is survived by his wife Jenny Fu and his sons Steven and Herry (Email: He had only three months after he was diagnosed of his cancer.

When the Japanese thinker Nakae Chomin was diagnosed with one and a half years life, he could manage to write his last book (he actually survived another one and a half years). Life is much crueler to Gang, though. He hurried back to China but the traditional Chinese medicine had no miraculous cure either. He only left us a remembrance of him in our minds.

Gang studied Chemistry at Qinghua/Tsinghua University 1981-86 (one year after me), at Osaka University 1988-94 (two years after me). After received his Ph. D, he worked at Kyoto Industry Arts Textile University 1994-98 and Denso Corp., Aichi, 1998-2001.

The following list includes his main research results:
Dissertation: Crystal Structure and Properties of Electron-doped Superconductor Sr1-xLaxCuO2.
G. Er, S. Ishida, PTCR Effect in W-doped KNbO3 Ceramics Sintered in Reducing Atmosphere, J. Ceram. Soc. Japan. 105[11], 1050-1052(1997).
G. Er, S. Kikkawa, M. Takahashi, F. Kanamaru, Studies on low temperature structure of infinite-layered superconductor Sr1- xLaxCuO2(0<=x<=0.12), Physica C, 290, 1-8(1997).
G. Er, S. Kikkawa, M. Takahashi, F. Kanamaru, Studies on local structure of infinite-layered (Sr1-yCay)1-xLaxCuO2(0<=x<=0.12, 0<=y<=0.20) superconductor, Physica C, 275, 110-118(1997).
G. Er, N. Takeuchi, S. Ishida , Degradation Behavior of PTCR BaTiO3 in Reducing Gases, J. Ceram. Soc. Japan. 104[12], 1091-1096 (1996).
G. Er, S. Kikkawa, F. Kanamaru, Structural, electrical and magnetic studies of infinite-layered Sr1-xLaxCuO2 superconductor, Physica C, 196, 271-275(1992).

What makes us closer is the 1989 June 4th Incident when we lived in the same Foreign Students House. After the incident, I was singled out as the only "chicken" to be punished as a demonstration to other Chinese students in Japan. Gang, Minlong, Wenlin, and other students protested the consulate officials in open meetings or private situations on behalf of me. I never lost my trust and loyalty to Chinese people under any political circumstance because I know the people always have the righteous judgment. Even though the corrupted the Foreign Ministry and Education Ministry deprived me of my scholarship, my normal life in Japan and eventually my passport, I could face up the State Security officials when I was physically under their control. They treated me politely because they have accurate information from Chinese students; they know I did nothing harm to their "state security" job.

Gang and me had a long talk the night before our Osaka University Chinese Students Association President election. We talked less about the election, but mainly about China's future and the choices we had in Japan. The election process was always under the consulate's control (sometimes the election meeting was held in the Osaka Consulate building) and we must maintain one united association for Chinese students. Gang received overwhelming trust from our students to win the election (I was absent, though).

Gang also had no intention to stay long in Japan after we finished our original studying task. However, as many of us, he was not willing to return to China under current political situation. Even though we have to stay overseas, we always hoped we could return to serve China, the only motherland country we would devote our talent and energy to. He actually began to search a way to work for China after he had some practical experience in the Japanese company. Gang has no long this opportunity now.

We have lost a friend, a colleague, and a comrade of devoted spirit, gentle character and bright vitality. We will miss the decency he brought to us in his short life; China will miss one of her loyal sons.

Jing Zhao