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Famous international friend, pioneer of English teaching in New China.
Born in Chengdu, China in 1915, Isabel grew up in a Canadian missionary family. Half of Isabel's childhood time was spent in China. After returning to adulthood, she returned to the University of Toronto, to study, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters degree in Psychology, later she received a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (under Professor Raymond Furth).
In the summer of 1947, she and her husband David Crook (a famous international communist fighter) went to Shilidian Village in the western mountainous area of Wu'an County, at the turn of Hebei and Henan, to conduct a social investigation. After the mission, they were invited to teach English in Shijiazhuang Foreign Language Training Course (the predecessor of Beijing Foreign Studies University) and decided to stay in China.
In 2007, she was awarded the title of "Life-long Honorary Professor" by Beijing Foreign Studies University.
In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Toronto, Canada.
In 2016, she was awarded the honorary title of "Ten Merit Foreign Teachers" by the Chinese government.
In 2018, she won the honorary title of "the most influential foreign expert in the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up".
In June 2019, she become an honorary citizen of Bishan District, Chongqing.
In September 2019, President Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree granting Isabel Crook the "medal of friendship".
In December 2019, she was awarded the "Global Achievement Award" by Beijing Global Talent Exchange Promotion Association.