I remember China launched an ad campaign on Time Square a while back. Other than the well known astronaut, actor, athlete, there is one person that stood out but I doubt anybody knew him at all. His name is Yuan Longping and he is the father of hybrid rice. Here’s some of his contribution.
There are many who said that China despite its vast size contributed so few innovative inventions. The fact of the matter is China is still very poor and the research and development it concentrate on does not has as much “wow” factor but is more in the area of urgent need, food being one. And unlike most western companies involved in genetic engineered crops, China gave away the patent for free. This action alone saved millions from starvation worldwide but this news is almost never reported.