Zou Youguang’s aura! Will it help us to understand his amazing accomplishments? He developed Pinyin, a Romanized writing system. This has helped more than 1 billion Chinese to learn Mandarin. Also countless foreigners.
In so doing, he helped to modernize his entire nation. And, oh yes, Pinyin gave rise to a Chinese form of Braille. Did you ever think how impossible it would have been? Creating the language for the blind in Chinese. Back when it was only written in characters….
Altogether, his language achievements astound me.
On top of that, he was quite a character. 😉
Living to a ripe age of 110, and mentally clear to the end. Brings hope to all of us over 30!