Li Wenhai, Professor of IQH, former President of RUC, died at 16:30 on June 7 2013. Li was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province in 1932. He graduated from Renmin University of China in 1955. He was the President of RUC from 1994 to 2000.

Professor Li Wenhai is a famous historian. His research topics include Taiping rebellion, Wuxu Reform, Boxer Rebellion and Xinhai Revolution. He is the pioneer of Chinese ecological history studies and a major advocate and promoter of the New Qing History Project.