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Asia’s Scientific Trailblazers: Wang Yifang

Sep 15, 2017

Given his significant contributions to particle physics research, it may come as a surprise to readers that Professor Wang Yifang started out as a reluctant physics student at Nanjing University. During the early 1980s, particle physics was a narrow and nascent field in China, and Wang knew he was entering unchartered waters. He dived right in nonetheless, and has since gone on to make his mark as a pioneer of particle physics research in China. He is recognized internationally as a heavyweight in the domain of neutrino physics.
After obtaining his PhD at the University of Florence in 1991, Wang spent a decade conducting research at MIT and Stanford University in the US before returning to China as a Professor at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in 2001. He proposed the Daya Bay experiment to study neutrino oscillations in 2003, which eventually resulted in the first conclusive measurement of the mixing angle θ13 in 2012.
In 2016, Wang was awarded the prestigious Bruno Pontecorvo Prize and the Breakthrough Prize for his groundbreaking experiments at Daya Bay. His other awards include the 2015 Nikkei Asia Prize, the 2014 Panofsky Prize and the 2013 Science and Technology Progress Award, just to name a few. Read on to find out more about his award winning work...
 For more details, please refer to https://www.asianscientist.com/2017/09/features/asias-scientific-trailblazers-wang-yifang/.
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