Academician Ye Danian was born in July 1939 in Heshan City, Guangdong Province. He served as a member of the eighth, ninth and tenth CPPCC Standing Committee, Central Committee of China Democratic League, vice chairman of Beijing NLD. Ye Danian has been mainly engaged in the study of mineralogy, crystal chemistry and mineral materials. He studied mineralogy and petrology at the Geology Department of Beijing Geological Institute, where he received his Bachelor's degree in 1962. His master’s degree was obtained at the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in September 1966. Since then, he has worked in the Institute of Geology and Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences where he served as a research assistant, assistant researcher, associate professor and research fellow. In 1991, he was elected the geology academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

For many years, Ye Danian has worked with the relationship between optical properties and crystal structures of minerals. He found many qualitative and quantitative laws, which opened a new field of structured optical mineralogy. The "structured optical mineralogy " written by Ye Danian is the first monograph in this area in the world. For this he won the second prize of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986. From 1968 to 1975, he had engaged in petrology studies and put forward the theories of "moderately super-cold crystallization", the batching calculation methods of "residual silicon index", and assay methods of microstructure and crystallinity. In 1978 he was awarded the National Science Conference Award. He has a gift for X-ray identification methods of minerals, which resolved the problems of the rock-forming mineral identification such as plagioclase, clinopyroxene, garnet and hornblende. His monograph "X-ray powder method and its application in petrology" promoted the study of mineralogy and petrology. In 1976 he found C-eclogites and 3T phengites in the Dabie Mountain, which demonstrated their significance in the geotectonics of China, and caused a far-reaching impact on the later studies of ultra high-pressure metamorphism. Ye Danian has been dedicated to researching the applied technology of ceramic mineralogy and cement mineralogy for many years. In 1986 he was awarded the Third Prize of Technology Progress for the study of zeolite cement. His study extended to the categories of statistics crystal chemistry and random granular crystal packing in 1990s. He established the "The law of conservation of the average occupying volume of the oxygen ions in Earth sphere ", "Molecular volume additivity" theorem, the law of "Multi-stage random accumulation constant". In recent years, he has been committed to researching "Cities symmetrical distribution and urbanization trends forecast ", which has been widely noted in newspapers and magazines. Also, many relevant provinces, cities and universities have invited him to give the famous lecture "Geography and Symmetry". His monograph "Cities symmetric distribution and urbanization trends in China ", which caused a great sensation at home and abroad, which has become important reference opinions to develop urbanization construction plan in China. Moreover, he has published more than 170 papers and a number of academic monographs. He has also enthusiastically devoted himself to the cultivating and educating of graduate students.

Research Areas

Research Interests:
mineralogy, crystal chemistry and mineral materials


  1. Ye Danian. 2013. Commemorating excellence petrologist Cong Berlin. Acta Petrologica Sinica, (5) (in Chinese)
  2. Guo Lianjie, Ye Danian. 2013. The generation and development of China geology——written on the 100th anniversary of Geological Survey of China. Scientia Geloogica Sinica, 48(4):945-969 (in Chinese) 
  3. Ye Danian. 2012. Symmetrical distribution of cities. Scientific Chinese,(6):36-39 (in Chinese) 
  4. Ye Danian. 2012. Doing scholarly research should like Mr. Chen Guoda. Land & Resources Herald,(68):33-34 (in Chinese)
  5. Ye Danian, etc.1996. " Cities symmetric distribution and urbanization trends in China ", Anhui Education Education Press (in Chinese)
  6. Ye Danian. 2011. Looking for my father's footsteps in Southeast. Shan Xiang literature (in Chinese)
  7. Zhou Weijian, Ouyang Ziyuan, Wang Guangqian, Ye Danian, etc..2010. Using the regional advantages of Southeastern Guizhou to establish ecological civilization experimental zone. Science & Technology Review, 28 (24): 13 (in Chinese)
  8. Ye Danian. 2010. Universities should be well arranged, have different goals and get their wants. Popular Tribune, (1) (in Chinese) 
  9. Ye Danian. 2007. Brief introduction to the Lattice Distribution of Cities. Modern Geology, 21 (2): 175-182 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  10. Wang Guangqian, Ye Danian, Ruan Shiwei, etc.. 2007. To speed up scientific and technological innovation, promote the construction of an innovative society. Popular Tribune, (3) (in Chinese)
  11. Ye Danian. 2006. An eucalyptus tree in China's mineral field - preface for "Peng Zhizhong’s Selected Papers". Chinese Geological Education, (2): 13-14 (in Chinese)
  12. Ye Danian. 2006. Five generation academicians of the China Democratic League in the institute of geology and geophysics, Chinese academy of sciences. Popular Tribune (11): 21-23 (in Chinese)
  13. Xu Wendong, Zeng Rongshu, Ye Danian, etc.. 2005. Distributions and Environmental Impacts of Selenium in Wastes of Coal from a Power Plant. Environmental Science, 26 (2): 64-68 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  14. Ye Danian. 2005. Talking about "Drawing inferences". Qiushi, (11) (in Chinese) 
  15. Ma Zhe-sheng, Shi Nicheng, Ye Danian. 2004. Determining mineralogy and its crystal structure of Mg-Fillowite. Science in China Series D, 34 (8) :728-738 (in Chinese)
  16. Wang Xu, Wu Dianting, Ye Danian. 2004. A contrastive analysis of Jiangsu and Zhejiang region urbanization level with South Korea. World Regional Studies, (1) (in Chinese)
  17. Xun Yi, Wu Dianting, Ye Danian. 2003. Exploration the patterns of Capital concentration and the western urbanization. Human Geography, (12) (in Chinese)
  18. Ye Danian. 2003. Symmetrical distribution and urbanization forecast of cities in Guangxi. The Guangxi Daily, (1) (in Chinese) 
  19. Ye Danian, Ma Zhesheng, He Wei, et al. 2002. Functional substitution of coordination polyhedron in crystal structure of silicates. SCIENCE IN CHINA, (8) 
  20. Ye Danian, Lu Dadao, Zhang Wenchang, etc.. 2002. We should speed up plan and construct the western railway corridor. Scientific Consult, 27-28 (in Chinese) 
  21. Ye Danian, Xu Wendong, He Wei. 2001. Symmetry distribution of cities in China. SCIENCE IN CHINA, 44(8): 717-725 
  22. Li Zhe, I.Shinno, Ye Danian, etc. 2001. A Mössbauer effect study of Fe(3+) bearing γ-Fe2SiO4 . SCIENCE IN CHINA (Series D: Earth Sciences), (1): 34-46
  23. Ye Danian, He Wei, Xu Wendong. 2001. Symmetrical distribution in Chinese cities. Science in China,Ser.D, 31 (7): 608-616 (in Chinese)
  24. Ye Danian, Li Zhe, He Wei. 2001. The changes of silicon-oxygen bond general average value in metamorphic reactions. Chinese Science Bulletin, 46 (1): 78-80 (in Chinese) 
  25. Ye Danian, D. Busha Malinowski, Shi Nicheng, etc. 2001. The coordination polyhedron alternative functions in crystal structure of silicates. Science in China (D series), 31 (11): 938-943 (in Chinese)
  26. Ma Zhe-Sheng, Li Guowu, Shi Nicheng, Zhou Huyun, Ye Danian, D.YU.PUSHCHAROVSKY. 2001. Structure refinement of astrophyllite. Science in China (Series D: Earth Sciences),(6):508-516 
  27. Ye Danian, He Wei, Xu Wendong, etc. 2000. Symmetrical distribution and urbanization of cities in China. Resources & Industries, (4) (in Chinese) 
  28. Ma Zhe-Sheng, Li Guowu, Shi Nicheng, Ye Danian, etc.. 2000. Accurate measurements of the crystal structure of astrophyllite. Science in China (Series D: Earth Sciences), (8) (in Chinese) 
  29. Ye Danian, Ai Desheng, He Wei, et al . 2000. The graphic display method of fullerene cage structure. Chinese Science Bulletin, (8) (in Chinese) 
  30. Li Zhe, I.Shinno, Ye Danian, etc.. 2000. Study of the Mössbauer effect in silicate spinel γ-Fe2SiO4's with Fe(3+). Science in China (Series D: Earth Sciences), (3): 315-323 (in Chinese) 
  31. Zheng Che, Zheng Weixing, Ye Danian, etc.. 2000. Coefficient solution and significance of Fullerene carbon cage structure expression. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 16 (2): 288-290 (in Chinese) 
  32. Ye Danian, etc.. 2000. "Geography and symmetry". Shanghai Science and Technology Education Press (in Chinese)
  33. Ye Danian, Ai Desheng, Zeng Rongshu. 1999. The quantitative relationship between the metal radius, cation radius and electronic configuration. Science in China (Series B), (4) (in Chinese) 
  34. Ye Danian, He Wei. 1999. Jiangxi urbanization opportunities after the opening of the Beijing-Kowloon railway line. Jiangxi Social Sciences, (11) (in Chinese)
  35. Li Zheliu, Huizhen, Xu Wendong, Ye Danian, etc.. 1999. The relationship between Fe(2+) isomer displacement and the coordination number in phosphate minerals. Science Bulletin, (5) :541-544
  36. Han Cheng, Ye Danian, Lu Anhuai, etc.. 1999. An applied research of natural zeolite in animal husbandry and manure pollution management. Petrological and Mineralogical Magazine, (4): 340-347 (in Chinese with English abstract) 
  37. Ai Desheng, Zeng Rongshu and Ye Danian. 1999. The quantitative relationship between metal radii, cationic radii and electronic configurations of elements. SCIENCE IN CHINA (Series B), 42(4): 337-344 
  38. Ye Danian. 1998. Huaihua——an important move of chess to develop the midwestern China. CAS Bulletin, (5): 368-372 (in Chinese) 
  39. Ye Danian. 1998. Reading the "Zizhi tongjian" inductive. Popular Tribune,(4) (in Chinese) 
  40. Ye Danian. "Optical Mineralogy of Crystals", Geological Publishing House, 1998 (in Chinese) 
  41. Song Renkui, Ying Yupu and Ye Danian. 1997. Characteristics and Significance of Polytypes and Chemical Compositions of Phengite in Lancang Group, Southwest Yunnan Province. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 13(2): 152-161 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  42. He Wei, Zheng Che, Ye Danian. 1997. Structural representative formula of fullerene cages Cn. Scientia Geologica Sinica, 32(3): 313-317 (in Chinese with English abstract) 
  43. Song Renkui, Ying Yupu, Ye Danian. 1997. The medium and high pressure metamorphisms of LANGCANG group reflected by b0 values of phengites. Scientia Geologica Sinica, 32(1): 56-64 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  44. Ye Danian, Liu Jiaqi, Zhai Mingguo. 1997. 60th anniversary of devotion of professor Zhao Zongpu to geological science research. Scientia Geologica Sinica, 32(3): 249-253 (in Chinese with English abstract) 
  45. Zhang Zhenyu, Ye Danian, Liu Weiling. 1997. The theoretical calculation about coefficient of thermal expansion of AB-haloid. Chinese Science Bulletin, 42(40): 2186-2187 (in Chinese)
  46. Ye Kai, Ye Danian. 1996. The High-pressure effect of the P+Mg+F=Si+Al+OH special alternative in high aluminum garnet. Chinese Science Bulletin, 41 (9): 811-814 (in Chinese) 
  47. Ye Danian. 1996. Patriotism of scientific and technological workers. Popular Tribune, (12) (in Chinese)
  48. Wang Ling, Zhang Zhenyu, Ye Danian. 1995. Mineral materials and mineral science. NON-METALLIC GEOLOGY, (2): 7-11 (in Chinese) 
  49. Dong Lin, Ye Danian, Zhang Zhenyu. 1995. Aspect of chemical composition for ceramic glaze. CHINA CERAMICS, 31(5): 10-13 (in Chinese)
  50. Zhao Li’an, Zhou Daqian, Han Fubin, Zhang Naixian, Ye Danian. 1994. The application of natural zeolite in oil gas well cementing operation, part 1: the properties of zeolite oil well cement. JOURNAL of DAQING PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, (4): 113-117 (in Chinese with English abstract) 
  51. Zhao Li’an, Zhou Daqian, Han Fubin, Zhang Naixian, Ye Danian. 1994. The application of natural zeolite in oil gas well cementing operation, part 2: the reactive mechanism of zeolite with oil well cement. JOURNAL of DAQING PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, (4): 118-122 (in Chinese with English abstract) 
  52. Ye Danian, Jin Chengwei. 1984. " X-ray powder method and its application in petrology ", Science press (in Chinese with English abstract) 
  53. Ye Danian. 1980. "Petrurgy research", Science press (in Chinese with English abstract).