Xu (B.S., Zhejiang Normal U., 1982, M.S., Zhejiang U., 1985, PhD, Xi’an Jiaotong U., 1988) is Distinguished Prof. at Hangzhou Dianzi U. since 2015, prior to which he was Chair Prof. at Natl. Sun Yat-sen U. (NSYSU) where he served as Head, Appl. Math. Dept. (2010-13) and Dean, College of Science (2014-15). He was postdctl. fellow, Dalhousie U., lecturer and assoc. prof., East China U. of Sci. and Technol., vis. prof., U. of Sevilla, assoc., full and snr. prof., U. of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). His awards include: ISI classic citation award; UKZN research distinction award; South African Mathematical Soc. research distinction award; Min. of Education of China second award (joint) in natrl. scs.; NSYSU citation award. He is serving editorial boards of over 20 internatl. math. journals. He was elected to the Acad. of Science of South Africa in 2005 and to TWAS in 2012. He was listed Thomson Reuters'
"Highly Cited Researcher" and selected as Zhejiang Provincial "Thousands Talents" both in 2014.