A 19 year old, middle school drop-out of China, Zhao Bowen, got a top research job at the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), China’s largest genome and bioinformatics analysis center. Zhao is now leading a research team consisting of more than 20 experts at the BGI. Earlier, Zhao started an internship and did biotic experiments at the Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science.
His extraordinary caliber gained him access to this position. Wang Jian, President of the BGI, dubbed Zhao Bowen “China’s Bill Gates”.