From 1985 to 1991, he was President of the Renmin University.
He was born in January 1916 in Nanzhao county, Henan province.
Yuan entered Beijing University in 1934 to study mathematics, later transferring to geology.
Throughout his time at the university, He became involved in student politics, joining the Communist Youth League in April 1936, and becoming a member of the Communist Party of China itself in September of that same year.
In 1940, Yuan travelled to Yan’an to receive his indoctrination.
The next year, he was, assigned to the Central Committee.
At the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1945, He was, assigned to Manchuria, where he was involved in industrial and economic planning.
In June 1985, as a reward for his years of service in the northeast, He was made President of Renmin University by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, later confirmed by the National People’s Congress. He turned 100 in January 2016.
Sadly, on May 9, 2019, Yuan Baohua passed away in Beijing at the age of 103.