OBIT

Chinese Dissident Fang Lizhi Dies

The man who was once China’s leading astrophysicist died Saturday in the United States. Expelled from the Communist Party in 1987, Fang rose to greater prominence when he gave a series of speeches that are credited with inspiring the protesters who gathered in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Though Fang himself did not physically participate in the protests, he and his wife were driven to seek refuge in the U.S. embassy in the resultant crackdown, staying there for a year out of fear for their lives. Fang finally made it to the United States in 1990.