Di Li

Ph.D.: Astrophysics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY                                                   Feb​2002
Bachelor of Science: Nuclear Physics, Beijing University, Beijing, China                      July 1995
Graduation Certificate: Computer Science, Beijing University, Beijing, China               July 1995
Work Experience:
Chief Scientist                                                                                                  July 2018 – present
The Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) project
Chief Scientist                                                                                                  Jan 2012 - present
Radio Astronomy Division, National Astronomical Observatories of China    
Research Scientist                                                                                            Jan 2007- Dec 2011
Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology          
National Research Council Fellow                                                                       May 2005 - Dec 2006
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology
Astronomer                                                                                                      Feb 2002 - May 2005
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 
Member of Group Achievement Award, NASA, 2010
    citation:“Outstanding achievements in the successful development of critical hardware …”
Residence Research Fellow Award, the National Research Council (US), 2005
Representative Publication:

· Feng Y., Li D.*Yang Y.-P. et al. 2022, Science, 375, 1266

Frequency-dependent polarization of repeating fast radio bursts-implications for their origin

· Ching T. -C.,  Li D.*Heiles, C. et al. 2022, Nature, 601, 49

An early transition to magnetic supercriticality in star formation

· Wang P.Li D.*Clark C. J. et al. 2021, Science China Physics, Mechanics, and Astronomy, 64, 129562

FAST discovery of an extremely radio-faint millisecond pulsar from the Fermi-LAT unassociated source 3FGL J0318.1+0252

· Li D.Wang P., Zhu W. W. et al. 2021, Nature, 598, 267

A bimodal burst energy distribution of a repeating fast radio burst source

· Yao J. M., Zhu W. W., Manchester R. N., Coles W. A., Li D.* et al. 2021, Nature Astronomy, 5, 788

Evidence for three-dimensional spin-velocity alignment in a pulsar

· Li D., Wang P., Qian, L. et al. 2018, IEEE Microwave Magazine, 19, 112

FAST in Space: Considerations for a Multibeam, Multipurpose Survey Using China's 500-m Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST)

· Li D., Tang, N. Y., Nguyen, H. et al. 2018, ApJS, 235, 1

Where is OH and Does It Trace the Dark Molecular Gas (DMG)?

· Nan R. D., Li D.*, Jin, C. J. et al. 2011, International Journal of Modern Physics D, 20, 989

The Five-Hundred Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (fast) Project

· Li D., Goldsmith P. F. & Menten K. 2003, ApJ, 587, 262

Massive Quiescent Cores in Orion. I. Temperature Structure

· Li D. & Goldsmith P. F. 2003, ApJ, 585, 823 

Publications list: ADS Library
Li, Di (Curriculum Vitae) is an observer and instrumentalist. He is the Chief Scientist of the radio division of the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) and the Chief Scientist of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST). He was trained in Nuclear physics and observational astronomy. He established a novel technique to solve the temperature distribution of interstellar dust, (co-)discovered interstellar oxygen as well as other molecules, developed and named the HI-narrow self-absorption (HINSA) technique, which enabled the first HINSA Zeeman measurement that was published as an Nature cover article. He led the science definition efforts during the commissioning phase of FAST, which resulted in its first pulsar,FRB discoveries. His research papers were voted into the “Top 10 Scientific Advances in China” of year 2021 and year 2022. He was awarded the 2022 “Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement” medal by the Chines Academy of Sciences. He served in advisory roles in various collaborations/organizations, such as the SKA, ATNF, Breakthrough Listen, etc.