Taking stock of Fang Zhouzi

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Fang Zhouzi, a noted whistleblower with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Michigan State University, has toppled countless professors and business executives over a decade of unmasking fake credentials and exposing academic impropriety. Here, we take a look back at some of the more famous incidents Fang's investigations have triggered.


 Fang Zhouzi VS Xie Jianping, the vice-president of the Zhengzhou Tobacco Research Institute


 • Critique smolders for honor to tobacco scientist

A scientist recently inducted into the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) is being criticized by Fang Zhouzi, who said in his micro blog on Dec 9 that Xie's research misleads the public. [Full story]




Fang Zhouzi VS Kai-Fu Lee, the former head of Google China

 • 'Science Cop' challenges former Google China head

 Former head of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee, has got involved in a verbal battle with a scholar renowned for exposing frauds in the academia since November 24,2011. Fang Zhouzi accused Lee of bragging about his job title during his teaching stint at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the United States. [Full story]



Fang Zhouzi VS Le Jia, a guest commentator on a wildly popular dating show


 • Truth or dare

 Fang Zhouzi likes to pick fights. Figuratively, that is. Specifically, he likes to unveil fraud in academia. But sometimes, his fights spill into the non-academic arena too.

Take his most recent target, an inadvertent one, he says. Le Jia is a guest commentator on a wildly popular dating show. In August of 2011, Fang revealed that the California-based school Le says he attended, Armstrong University, was a "wild chicken" institution that had ceased operating, using a Chinese phrase that means lacking proper credentials.

He also showed that the four-color personality analysis that Le claimed as his research achievement was actually the work of someone else - Dr Taylor Hartman to be exact.

Fang Zhouzi VS Li Qun, secretary of the CPC city committee of Qingdao

 • Grass-roots whistle blowing alternative to bureaucracy

Fang Zhouzi turned his sword toward Li Qun, secretary of the CPC city committee of Qingdao, Shandong Province in December of 2011.

In his microblog, Fang said what Li claimed in his book titled My experience as a mayor's assistant in the US is not true because a New Haven city spokesman said last week that Mayor John Destefano, Jr. has never heard of Li Qun, and there is no record showing Li worked at the Mayor's office in 2000.

The truth about Li's story is not clear. News reports about the exposure and Li's refute were removed from the Internet.

 Fang Zhouzi VS Two professors at Chinese universities


 • Activist reveals US past of Chinese professors

Two professors at Chinese universities have been revealed as having had run-ins with the law in the United States by anti-fraud activist Fang Zhouzi on his microblog in April of 2011.

Fang said on his microblog that Su Dongwei, an economics professor at Jinan University in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, served 16 months in prison in the United States for a US$110,000 credit card fraud.[Full story]

 Fang Zhouzi VS Zhang Jianhua, the vice president of China Agricultural University


 • Diploma mills grind out 'prestige'

According to Fang Zhouzi, the vice president of China Agricultural University Zhang Jianhua's MBA degree is from a US "diploma mill" called California American University. [Full story]

 Fang Zhouzi VS the evidence of Wildman (Bigfoot)


Science writer steps all over rumors about Bigfoot

Fang Zhouzi insisted that Wildman (Bigfoot) is a figment of people's imagination even as an organization in Hubei Province prepares to hunt for the mysterious half-human, half-ape creature. [Full story]




 Fang Zhouzi VS Zhang Heng, a third century Chinese scientist who invented ancient seismograph


 • Ancient seismograph debunked

Fang Zhouzi has embarked on a battle with a third century Chinese scientist who invented a device that he claimed could detect earthquakes.

He has questioned if the primitive seismograph invented by Zhang Heng from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25- 220) did successfully detect earthquakes in the past, as some historical documents attest to. [Full story]


 Fang Zhouzi VS Sun Jiankun, who showed great potential in Chinese cultural studies


 • Talent no guarantee of uni place

Talented Sun Jiankun's poor result in gaokao, national college entrance examination means he has missed out on a chance to study at the highly regarded Fudan University in Shanghai, which had recognized his rare ability and even supported his application with a strong letter of endorsement.

His gaokao score was six points below that required for entry into first tier universities, as set by the Xi'an-based admission office in Shaanxi, which has refused to be flexible and make an exception for his widely recognized talent. [Full story]

 Fang Zhouzi VS Tang Jun, the former Microsoft China chief


 • Former Microsoft chief fights back

Starting on July 1, Fang Zhouzi began to make accusations against Tang Jun on his own Sina.com microblog, saying that Tang had written in his book My Success Could Be Duplicated that he received a doctoral degree in computer science from CIT and owned the copyrights to two patients in the US.

Fang said he checked the names of graduates from CIT's computer science department and failed to find the name Jun Tang, the name that Tang used when he entered Microsoft in 1994. [Full story]

Disgraced ex-Microsoft chief defends academic history

Former Microsoft China chief Tang Jun has spoken for the first time about his academic history since being ensnared in a fake diploma scandal last year. [Full story]


 Fang Zhouzi VS Xiao Chuanguo, the head of the Urology Department of Wuhan Union Hospital

  • 'Science cop' awarded 'righteous person'

Fang Zhouzi hit Chinese headlines several times over the past year. In August, he was attacked by thugs hired by Xiao Chuanguo, a urologist who Fang had accused of academic misconduct.

Xiao believed Fang's accusations had caused his failure to be admitted to the elite Chinese Academy of Sciences.[Full story]

Attacked fraud busters awarded only US$391

A Beijing court has ordered a disgraced medical professor and four hitmen he hired to beat up two science fraud busters to pay their victims a total of 2600 yuan (US$391) - a fraction of the 104,000 yuan the pair had asked for. [Full story]


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