Dong Shilin, male, Han nationality, is a native of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. He was born in 1932, graduated from Tongji University in 1955, and received an assistant doctorate from the Civil Engineering Institute of the former USSR in 1960.
Dong Shilin carried out the scientific research and technical works on the large-span space structure after his return to China upon completion of an assistant doctorate degree from the Civil Engineering Institute in the former Soviet Union. His achievements include proposing the calculation theory, method and chart of the rack structure similar to the sandwich boards method, the new method for the calculation of the cellular triangular cone rack, and the method of the third quarter internal force. He was the first to bring forward several research theories such as the calculation theory and method for the three-layer shells of the composite net-shell.
Dong acquired 15 different science and technology advancement awards in both the national and provincial levels from the 1st-class to the 3rd-third class and has published over 150 dissertations and 12 books.
Dong is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.