Yi Zeng is a Professor at the Center for Study of Aging and Human Development and Geriatric Division / Dept of Medicine of Medical School, and Institute of Population Research and Dept. of Sociology, Duke University. He is also a Professor at the China Center for Economic Research, National School of Development at Peking University in China, and Distinguished Research Scholar of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Germany, and a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his doctoral degree from Brussels Free University in May 1986 while his Ph.D research was conduced at Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Research in 1984-1986. He conducted post-doctoral study at Princeton University in 1986-87. Up to Sept. 15, 2011, he has had 114 professional articles written in English published in academic journals or as book chapters in the United States and Europe; among them, 77 articles were published in anonymously peer-reviewed academic journals. He has had 104 professional articles written in Chinese and published in China; among them, 80 articles were published in national Chinese academic journals. He has published twenty-three academic books, including eight books written in English (three published by Springer Publisher and one by the University of Wisconsin Press), and one book written in both Chinese and English.
Yi Zeng has been awarded eleven national academic prizes and three international academic prizes, such as the Dorothy Thomas Prize of the Population Association of America, the Harold D. Lasswell Prize in Policy Science awarded by the international journal Policy Sciences and Kluwer Academic Publishers, the national prizes for advancement of science and technology awarded by the State Sciences and Technology Commission of China and the State Education Commission, the highest academic honor of Peking University: "Prize for Outstanding Contributions in Sciences," and the "Chinese Population Prize (Science and Technology)", jointly awarded by nine ministries and seven national non-governmental associations in China.
According to the search report, up to March 1, 2011, the internationally most important literature sources, such as SSCI (Social Science Citation Index) and SCI (Science Citation Index), indicate that Yi Zeng's articles and books have been cited in 1,146 journal articles or books published outside of China by authors other than Yi Zeng; among these international citations, 665 refer to the work of Yi Zeng as the first author. According to the domestically most important literature sources, such as CSSCI (Chinese Social Science Citation Index) and Chinese Knowledge Network Citation Database, indicate that Yi Zeng's articles and books have been cited in 971 journal articles or books published inside of China by authors other than Yi Zeng; among these domestic citations, 876 refer to the work of Yi Zeng as the first author. Yi Zeng is one of the authors of "High Impact Papers" worldwide in the period of 1981 -1998, as announced by International Scientific Institute (ISI) in September, 2000.