Zubao Qian first came to Fermilab in 1981, but returned to China after a two-year project was completed. He came back to the radio frequency department of the Accelerator Division to stay in 1989 and has been here ever since. Qian retired on Oct. 7.
There were some cultural adjustments to life in the states. In China, where he was a faculty member at Beijing University, public transportation is prevalent, but in the United States everyone drives a car, he said.
“Socially, it’s a little bit different too,” he added.”In China, if you have a friend, you just stop by. Here you make an appointment.”
But many people at the laboratory helped him get used to life in the states.