Wei Fuwen, born in Yunyang county, Chongqing in April, 1964, is a conservation biologist, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, an academician of Academia Europaea, as well as a researcher and doctoral supervisor of the Institute of Zoology, CAS.
Wei was admitted in 1980 to the Biology Department of Nanchong Normal College, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. In 1987, he started to work in China West Normal University. In 1988, he was became an assistant researcher at the university, and in 1992, an associate researcher.
In 1997, he received his PhD from the Institute of Zoology, CAS, and in 2001, he was financed by the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. In 2004, he was selected into the national "Millions of Talents Plan", and in 2017 he became an academician of CAS. He became a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences in 2018, and in 2021 was selected as an academician of Academia Europaea.
Wei has been engaging in research on conservation biology of endangered animals such as giant pandas and red pandas.