Prof. Ni Shaoxiang was born in Wuxi city, Jiangsu province in June 1939. He attained his bachelor's degree from the Department of Geology and Geography, Peking University in 1964, and his master's degree from the Department of Geography, East China Normal University in 1967. He was an outstanding geographer who enjoyed great national reputation in the scientific community. He worked as a teacher at Nanjing University for more than 10 years, and pursued his study on remote sensing and land resources at the Department of Geography, Reading University in 1983-1985. From 1994 to 2016, he engaged in teaching at the Faculty of Geography, Nanjing Normal University. In more than 50 years of scientific research and education career, Prof. Ni has made remarkable achievements in various fields of geography, including natural geography, geo-analysis of remote sensing, and natural resources evaluation, through unswerving work, extensive study and pioneering research. He has presided over or participated in more than 10 national, ministerial and local key research projects, and won multiple prizes including Scientific and Technological Advancement Award by the Ministry of Education, Scientific and Technological Advancement Award by Jiangsu province, Scientific and Technological Advancement Award by the former State Bureau of Land Administration, Philosophy and Social Science Outstanding Achievement Award by Jiangsu province, and National Award for Outstanding Geography Book. He was also awarded the Outstanding Scientific and Technological Workers of China Society of Natural Resources, the Outstanding Scientific and Technological Workers of Jiangsu province, the Excellent Subject Leader of Universities in Jiangsu province, the Excellent Postgraduate Supervisor of Jiangsu province, etc. The geographical academic thought and achievement of Prof. Ni can be summarized in four aspects: land type and land evaluation, resource utilization and protection, environment remote sensing and grassland locust, and integrated physical geography. He has made great contributions to the discipline construction, personal training, and academic exchange of China's land resources science and integrated physical geography.