J. Desmond Clark
It was so lucky that my real practice in Paleolithic was guided
by Desmond's team, which was initiated by Sino-American project
for excavating at Donggutuo site in Nihewan basin in the early time
of 1990s. At his old age he kept his rhythm of working and living
as anybody else in the field, getting up very earlier and caring
about work very carefully. His enthusiasm for science and gentleness
for life impressed and influenced people around him. In later years
I met him several times in China or abroad. Every time for me is
to appreciate his elegance at many meanings. As always he kept his
style of a profound thinker who is able to awaken those right followers.
It was him who built a long and wide bridge between China and USA
for human origins research. His friendship with great Chinese archaeololgist
JIA Lanpo who died last July is also a nice witness of that history.
I believe it will continue to compose new chapters by our later
generations. We will forever remember his great contribution to
prehistoric world in our memorial flow.
-HOU Ya-Mei, IVPP, China