Ho’s ancestral hometown is Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, and was born in Tianjin in 1917. In 1934, Ho studied at the Department of History of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and graduated with a BA in 1938. After graduation, Ho went to Yunnan in southwestern China during the Second Sino-Japanese War, and became a teaching assistant at the Department of History of the National Southwestern Associated University (a university temporarily jointed by the Peking University, Tsinghua University and Nankai University, during the war). In 1944, Ho won and obtained financial support from the Sixth Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholarship, and went to study in the United States in 1945.
Ho entered Columbia University in New York City, and graduated with a PhD in history in 1952. Since 1948 Ho had already taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia of Canada. In 1963, Ho went to teach at theUniversity of Chicago. In 1965, Ho was promoted as the James Westfall Thompson Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Ho retired from Chicago in 1987, but he soon became the Visiting Distinguished Professor of History and Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, where he retired for the second time in 1990.
Ho was elected as an academician of Academia Sinica in 1966, a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1979, and an honorary member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1997. Ho was also “the first Asian-born scholar ever to have been elected as President of the Association for Asian Studies”.
Ho received several honorary doctorates, including the L.L.D. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1975, the L.H.D. from Lawrence University in 1978, and the L.H.D. from Denison University in 1988.
- social structure and mobilization of Ming-Qing Imperial China and the Landsmannschaften system
- the ancient history of China, particularly the origins of Chinese civilization and culture
B. He. The ladder of success in Imperial China: aspects of social mobility, 1368-1911. New York: Da Capo Press, 1976.
B. He. The cradle of the East: an inquiry into the indigenous origins of techniques and ideas of Neolithic and early historic China, 5000-1000 B.C.. Hong Kong; Chicago: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1975.
B. He. Studies on the population of China, 1368-1953. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1959.
Pti Ho. Ten classical Chinese poems. Montreal: Delta, 1958.
Pti Ho. The growth of the total population of China, 1750-1850. : , 1956.
Pti Ho. The salt merchants of Yang-chou: a study of commercial capitalism in eighteenth-century China. Cambridge: Harvard-Yenching Institute, 1954.
P. -ti Ho, “In defense of sinicization: a rebuttal of Evelyn Tawski's 'Reenvisioning the Qing.'”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 57, p. 123, 1998.
P. -ti Ho, “In defense of sinicization: A rebuttal of Evelyn Rawski's "Reenvisioning the Qing"”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 57, p. 123, 1998.
P. -ti Ho, “The Paleoenvironment of North China—A Review Article”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 43, pp. 723-733, 1984.
P. -ti Ho, “Cambridge History of China. Volume 10: Late Ch'ing, 1800–1911, Part I. Edited by John K. Fairbank. New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1978. xvi, 713 pp. Maps, Bibliographical Essays, Bibliography, List of Chinese and Japanese publishers, G”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 39, pp. 133-136, 1979.
P. -ti Ho, “The Indigenous Origins of Chinese Agriculture”, Originally publish 1977th ed., Berlin, New York: DE GRUYTER MOUTON, 1977, pp. 413-484.
P. -ti Ho, “The Presidential Address: The Chinese Civilization: A Search for the Roots of Its Longevity”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 35, pp. 547-554, 1976.
P. -ti Ho, “The Loess and the Origin of Chinese Agriculture”, The American Historical Review, vol. 75, pp. 1-36, 1969.
K. C. Liu, Ho, P. -ti, and Kahn, H. L., “New views of Chʹing history: a symposium”, The journal of Asian studies, vol. 26, pp. 185-211, 1967.
P. -ti Ho, “The Significance of the Ch'ing Period in Chinese History”, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 26, pp. 189-195, 1967.
P. -ti Ho, “Lo-yang, A.D. 495-534”, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. 26, p. 52, 1966.
P. -ti Ho, “Lo-yang, A. D. 495-534: A Study of Physical and Socio-Economic Planning of a Metropolitan Area”, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. 26, pp. 52-101, 1966.
P. -ti Ho, “Ch'ing Sources”, Ch'ing shih wen-t'i, vol. 1, p. 9, 1965.
P. -ti Ho, “Records of China's Grand Historian: Some Problems of Translation: A Review Article”, Pacific Affairs, vol. 36, pp. 171-182, 1963.
P. -ti Ho, “Some Problems of Shang Culture and Institutions: A Review Article”, Pacific Affairs, vol. 34, pp. 291-297, 1961.
P. -ti Ho, “[The Comparative Study of Social Mobility]: Reply”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 3, pp. 320-327, 1961.
P. -ti Ho, “Aspects of Social Mobility in China, 1368–1911”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 1, pp. 330-359, 1959.
P. -ti Ho, “Two Major Poems by Mao Tse-Tung”, Queen's Quarterly, vol. 65, pp. 251-258, 1958.
P. -ti Ho, “EARLY-RIPENING RICE IN CHINESE HISTORY BY PING-TI HO”, The Economic History Review, vol. 9, pp. 200-218, 1956.
P. -ti Ho, “Early-Ripening Rice in Chinese History”, The Economic History Review, vol. 9, pp. 200-218, 1956.
P. -ti Ho, “The Introduction of American Food Plants into China”, American Anthropologist, vol. 57, pp. 191-201, 1955.
P. -ti Ho, “Weng T'ung-Ho and the "One Hundred Days of Reform"”, The Far Eastern Quarterly, vol. 10, pp. 125-135, 1951.
P. -ti Ho, “Western Chou Civilization”, The American Historical Review, vol. 95. pp. 1265-1266, 1990.
P. -ti Ho, “Reviews of Books: Western Chou Civilization”, The American Historical Review, vol. 95. p. 1265, 1990.
P. -ti Ho, “CHO-YUN HSU and KATHERYN M. LINDUFF. "Western Chou Civilization" (Book Review)”, American Historical Review, vol. 95. p. 1265, 1990.
P. -ti Ho, “Science and Civilisation in China, Vol. 6: Biology and Biological Technology, Part II: Agriculture”, Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 107. pp. 347-348, 1987.
P. -ti Ho, “FAIRBANK (ed.), "The Cambridge History of China". Vol. 10: "Late Ch'ing, 1800–1911, Part I". (Book Review)”, Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 39. p. 133, 1979.
P. -ti Ho, “LAND AND STATE IN GREAT BRITAIN, 1873-1910; A STUDY OF LAND REFORM MOVEMENTS AND LAND POLICIES”. 1952.