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2019 Winners of the Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jan 15, 2020

Richard Gordon Strom

Professor Richard Gordon Strom is a world-famous radio astronomer, member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Britain. He is the chief discoverer of giant radio star systems, and has made important contributions in supernova remnants, gamma explosions, and radio astronomy equipment.

Professor Strom has been cooperating with our academy in science and technology for about 30 years, and is the only foreign expert to participate in the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) project in China. Since 1994, he has participated in the project’s site selection with his own equipment, and has been involved in monitoring of its electromagnetic environment for 12 years. He has jointly edited the site selection technical report and published the first paper on FAST’s scientific objective. Professor Strom has fully and deeply participated in the core research and development of the telescope’s feed support innovation experiment, astronomical observation and receiver, contributing a lot to the project’s pre-research, establishment and construction. Professor Strom has played an important role in the rapid development of China’s radio astronomy.

Professor Strom is a major promoter for our academy’s carrying-out in-depth cooperation with the Netherlands and indeed with the global radio astronomy community, and played a key role in China's accession to the European VLBI network and participation in the SKA program. During his cooperation with our academy, Professor Strom visited almost all astronomical stations and universities in China to give academic lectures and make reports on science popularization, actively accepting young scholars to study in the Netherlands. He thereby has made outstanding contributions to the building of China's team of astronomical talents.

Sokrates Theodore Pantelides

Sokrates Theodore Pantelides is a professor of Vanderbilt University in the US and a world-renowned physicist. He is a key pioneer in the theoretical physics of semiconductors.

Professor Pantelides visited our academy in the 1980s for the first time and has witnessed international cooperation and exchange in semiconductor physics between China and the US. Over the past nearly 20 years, he has carried out substantive and in-depth cooperation with our academy in the design and physical property research of new low dimensional materials with function-oriented atom-level accuracy, which has enabled our academy to be a world-class research institute in the design, preparation and physical property research of low dimensional materials.

Under his proactive tutorship, the more than ten young researchers in our academy who have been funded by a group of national talent programs such as the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, the National Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Youth Fund, and the 100-Talent Program, have become the backbone in their research fields in China. He actively promoted the signing of the agreement on undergraduates’ exchange visits between the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Vanderbilt University, which greatly improved undergraduate education at CAS.

Ewald Schnug

Ewald Schnug is a world-leading researcher in soil and environmental science. He is the director of the Institute for Crop and Soil Science of the Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants, and an extraordinary professor of the Technical University of Brunswick, Germany. He is a pioneer in the research of plant sulfur nutrition and has made outstanding and innovative contributions to the development of modern agricultural science.

Professor Schnug has cooperated with our academy for more than 20 years to bring advanced technology of uranium extraction from phosphate rock powder and water-soluble fertilizer processing technology into our country. He also participated in developing the technology and method of uranium-free phosphate fertilizer. The cooperation helped our academy obtain many innovative technological breakthroughs in new fertilizers, realize industrial applications, and twice win second prize at the National Science and Technology Progress Awards.

Professor Schnug is committed to expanding our academy’s presence in the field. He made outstanding contributions in the construction of scientific research platforms such as the National Engineering Laboratory of Soil Nutrient Management; directly promoted our academy as host of the World Fertilizer Congress twice; and helped the headquarters of the International Scientific Center of Fertilizers move from Germany to our academy, helping our academy gradually become a global hub of fertilizer science research. Schnug has received more than 70 scholars and students from our academy for academic exchange and study, trained a large number of young academic pioneers and backbone talents, and contributed greatly to our academy’s echelon of talents.

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