Prof. Maozhang Wang was born in October 1938, and graduated from Tianjin University in 1960. Since then, he has been working on carbon- and coal-related research programs in the Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In the early 1980's, he spent two years doing research on liquid-phase carbonization chemistry in Kyushu University, Japan. As one of the organizers, he was involved in many social activities in the Chinese Carbon Society and he was a member of the advisory and editorial boards of several Chinese carbon journals. In his nearly 50 years' research on carbon, his research activities span from carbon fibers and activated carbon fibers to very novel carbon materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene. He worked as the principal or main investigator for many projects on carbon. He also wrote a lot of review papers and books to introduce the latest advances on novel carbon materials. Two of the books, "Carbon fibers and their composites" and "Preparation, properties and applications of carbon fibers" were regarded as basic carbon textbooks by many carbon researchers in China.