BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Academy of
Sciences (CAS) honored three foreign scientists on Wednesday for their
outstanding contributions to facilitating cooperation in science and technology.
CAS president Lu Yongxiang conferred the CAS Award for International Scientific Cooperation on Arima Akito, president of the Japan Science Foundation, Yuen-Ron Shen, professor of physics with the University of California at Berkeley, and Michel Che, chair professor of Universite Pierre et Marie Curie.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President Lu Yongxiang (2nd R) takes group photo with the CAS Award for International Scientific Cooperation winners Arima Akito (2nd L), president of the Japan Science Foundation, Yuen-Ron Shen (1st L), professor of physics with the University of California at Berkeley, and Michel Che, chair professor of Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Beijing, Jan. 14, 2009. CAS honored three foreign scientists on Wednesday for their outstanding contributions to facilitating cooperation in science and technology.(Xinhua Photo)
Arima, a leading theoretical physicist and
influential public figure, was nominated as a Nobel Prize candidate for physics
in 1984 and 1995.
Since the 1980s, Arima had helped promote academic
exchanges between Japan and China, which had strengthened the ability of young
Chinese scientists in major scientific initiatives.
Yuen-Ron Shen is a member of the National Academy of
Sciences of the United States, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and
Academia Sinica in Taipei. He is also a foreign member of the CAS.
Shen initiated the annual National Laser Physics
Workshop in Qingdao in 1980. His efforts had helped push forward Chinese
research in optical physics and related disciplines.
Michel Che, a former president of the International
Association of Catalysis Societies, had been dedicated to promoting exchanges
between France and China since the early 1980s.
Che was the first foreign scientist to be appointed
director of the Academic Committee of the State Key Laboratory of Catalysis in
the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in 2006.
The CAS award was first introduced in 2007.
Last week, Lothar Reh, professor of Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology, and Scott Douglas Rozelle, professor of Institute for
International Studies, Stanford University, received the Friendship Award and
the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of China. The
government conferred the awards at the nomination of the CAS.