I.M. Pei Through the Years

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In honor of the architect's centennial celebration, a time line exploring 100 years of the legend's life and work.

April 26, 1917:  Born in Guangzhou, China, to Tsuyee Pei and Lien Kwun. They name their son Ieoh Ming, meaning “to inscribe brightly.” 1929: Pei’s beloved mother dies of cancer, and the family moves to Shanghai. 1934: Inspired by the Bing Crosby film College Humor, Pei decides to study in the U.S. He transfers to MIT for its structural engineering program. 1942: Marries Eileen Loo, a Chines...