President Chen Jun was born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province in 1954. He graduated from the Department of Geology, Nanjing University in 1979. In 1985, he got his Ph.D. degree in Geology from the Department of Earth Sciences of Nanjing University and worked as a teacher in the same department then. He was engaged in the postdoctoral research at the Department of Geology of Imperial College London in 1988. Since 1992 he worked as Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences of Nanjing University. Before his election as President of Nanjing University in 2006, Professor Chen had been the Dean of the Department of Earth Sciences, Vice President and Executive Vice President of Nanjing University. In 2008, President Chen Jun was elected a member of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People’s Congress.
Prof. Chen also serves as Vice President of the Chinese Society for Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, and Vice President of the Chinese Association for Quaternary Research. He is a member of the Sixth Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, and the convener of the Discipline Appraisal Group (Geology and Geophysics) of the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council. He is also a member of the councils of Science in China and Chinese Science Bulletin, and a member of the editorial boards of Science in China, Acta Geologica Sinica, Geological Review, Geochimica and other academic journals.
Prof. Chen has long been engaged in the teaching and research of geochemistry. He has chaired many important research projects including those supported by the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, the Fund for Innovative Research Groups, the Key Programs of National Natural Science Foundation, and the National Basic Research Programs (973 Program). He has published 4 books and over 160 academic papers, and received 1 second-class prize of the National Natural Science Award and 5 prizes of Achievement in Science and Technology by the Ministry of Education.