Chen Pingyuan, Doctor of Letters, was born in the city of Chaozhou in Guangdong Province in January 1954. He works at present as Boya Chair Professor at Peking University (Dean of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature from 2008 to 2012), and is also a Yangtze River Distinguished Professor, a fellow member of the Central Research Institute of Culture and History, and a member of the Academic Degree Appraisal Committee under the State Council. Professor Chen was granted a Ph.D. Recipient with Outstanding Achievements by The State Education Commission and the Academic Degree Appraisal Committee under the State Council in 1991, the Outstanding Award of Scientific Research in Colleges (Social Science) for the first, second, third, fifth and sixth terms (1995, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2013) by the Ministry of Education, the Outstanding Award of Social Science Achievements for the ninth, eleventh and twelfth terms (2006, 2010, 2012) in Beijing, first place in the fourth Wangyao Scholarship Competition (2016) and the fourth Simian Originality Award (2017). He has published more than thirty academic works, including The Transformation of the Narrative Pattern of Chinese Novels, The Origrian of Modern Chinese Novels, The Literati's Chivalric Dreams, History of Chinese Prose and Fiction, The Development of Chinese Prose from Literati to Scholars—A Study of Ming and Qing Prose, The Establishment of Modern Scholarship in China, Touches of History: An Entry into ‘May Fourth’ China, History of Literature as a Discipline, Illustrated History and the Eastward Spread of Western Academy, The Mission of Chinese Universities, The Spirit of Chinese Universities,Chinese Universities in the Flames of War, Literary History as a Discipline, Late Qing Pictures and Graphics, The History in Graphics and the Easward Spread of Western Scholarship, and May Fourth as a Thought Experiment.