Li is the current President of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society
Li was born in Xiaoshan , Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. He graduated from Xiaoshan Middle School. Li studied mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang University. 1980, he went to United States, and obtained PhD in mathematics from Yale University . Before working in Hong Kong, Li was also a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and .
Currently Li serves as the head and professor for the Department of Mathematics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is also a researcher at the Center of Mathematical Sciences, Zhejiang University. He is a long-time guest professor and doctor advisor at the Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang University.