Wang Shufang [China Women's News]
Wang Shufang, 45, a communications expert from Beijing has devoted herself to the research, development and promotion of the nation's own global satellite navigation system over the past two decades.
The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BNS) has been in operation since 2000, making China the third country with an autonomous navigation satellite system after the U.S. and Russia.
Wang took part in research concerning a BNS interface device when she was 23 after graduating from university.
The working conditions were arduous and the payment was low, at about 300-400 yuan (U.S.$ 46-61) monthly, at that time whilst her peers in foreign companies could earn over 10,000 yuan (U.S.$1,538).
Yet, she never thought of giving up and finally witnessed the birth of the first BNS machine in 1997.
Wang was clear of her dream when she was young. She wanted to see the outside world beyond her hometown, a small poverty-stricken village.
When her parents advised her to learn a skill that could help her find a job in her hometown, since they were unable to afford the tuition fees for high school, she refused.
She borrowed the money for her own education and achieved high academic performance at her school.
In 2007, Wang transferred to the communications and transport industry.
At the beginning, many people were reluctant to change from GPS (produced by US) to BeiDu, but due to Wang's efforts to publicize the significance of Beidou in the industry, there have been over 4 million BNS terminals integrated into the transport industry, spurring production valued at tens of billions of yuan.
In the future, Wang hopes that the system will be installed on all cell phones used by Chinese citizens.
Wang had her daughter when she was 33, and they are fond of poetry. She remains busy solving problems related to BNS's application, but still keeps her habit of reading and writing.
Wang Shufang at work. [China Women's News]
Wang Shufang (R) and her daughter [China Women's News]
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)