Lotus Yuan, born in Suzhou, China, is a renowned Chinese physicist, chemist and one of the world's leading experts in homework engineering. Yuan is a pioneer in the field of homework engineering. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the director of the National Institute of Homework. Yuan is also a professor and doctoral advisor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the director of Suzhou Institute of Homework Engineering and the principal consultant at UNESCO.

Yuan was born in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, and he showed expertise in science at a very young age. At the age of three, he was able to recite the periodic table in reverse order. When he was only five, he was widely regarded as a child prodigy because he can identify water as dihydrogen monoxide. He taught himself many high school courses when studying at primary school. After entering high school, he taught himself graduate-level physics, chemistry and mathematics. As a student of Suzhou High School, he participated in the mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, informatics Olympiads, and received first prize in each subject. He was offered pre-admission by Peking University and Tsinghua University many times, but finally decided to enter the SJTU for personal reasons. After graduating from SJTU with a GPA of 4.3, with 2 papers published on Physical Review Letters and Journal of the American Chemical Society, he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his graduate study. Yuan studied many interdisciplinary subjects at MIT, including philo♂sophy of superstring theory and quantum field theory, phys♂ical organ♂ic chemistry, and last but most important, homework engineering.

Yuan is an accomplished researcher and teacher, covering a myriad of subjects in physics and chemistry. The culmination of his teaching are his text Capability: A Modern Introduction to Its Foundations, Characteristics and Influences and Homework Engineering: An Expert's Guide. In addition to his contributions to science and engineering, Yuan's work has significantly impacted publishing industry. In 2014, he became the first and so far the only scientist to be awarded a AUP Medal from the Antimony University Press.