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2009 Winners of the Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor/Dr. Gerhard Boerner   

Professor/Dr. Gerhard Boerner, a senior scientist of Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics and a professor of Munich University, is a world leading expert on high energy astrophysics and cosmology. He has published several dozens of high-impact research papers and a book named The Early Universe, which is considered as one of the most popular textbooks for astrophysics.  

As one of the pioneering scientists from the west coming to China shortly after the country adopted the policy of reform and opening-up in 1978, Prof. Boerner made his first two-month visit to our country and gave a series of lectures on high energy astrophysics in Beijing, Hefei and Nanjing, which have opened the eyes of Chinese astronomers to the world frontiers of research. In December 1979, he delivered a series of relativistic astrophysical lectures on "Physics of pulsars and X-ray sources" in the Beijing Astronomical Observatory (the present National Astronomical Observatory). The 5-week lecture attrated over 30 Chinese astronomers, most of whom are now the leading researchers of the field in China. In 1981, Professor Boerner invited Prof. Youyuan Zhou (now Member of the CAS) and Prof. Qibin Li (the former Director of the Beijing Astronomical Observatory) to pay one-year academic visits the Max-Planck Institute of Astrophysics. Since then, the two sides established a routine and effective way of exchange. As the German co-chair, he contributed a lot in organizing the two series of bilateral academic conferences: the seven Sino-German symposia on relativistic astrophysics (from 1982 to 2004, once every 3 years) and the seven Sino-German workshops on galaxy formation and cosmology (from 1992 to 2006, once every 2 years). Over 30 years, Professor Boerner has worked restlessly to foster the cooperation between two partners, and lent his helping hand in the growth of almost 3 generations of Chinese astronomers.  

In the 1990s, the CAS-MPG Partner Group Program was initiated at the recommendation of Prof. Boerner, aiming to maintain and develop a more stablized partnership between the counterpart insitutes from the two side, under the leadership of Chinese scientists who have German experience. The program has seen a fruitful result in the past 20 years, with more than 20 groups covering every field of natural science established. Prof. Boerner helped to establish the first partner group in the CAS Shanghai Astronomical Observatory in 2000, and another on in 2005. Great success achieved by the astrophysical groups has enormously raised the standards of research in galaxy formation and cosmology in both the insitute and the country, and has produced significant international influences in this field. 

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Professor Peter H.Raven 

Professor Peter H. Raven, a leading botanist and advocate of conservation and biodiversity with a notably international outlook, is president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. He is member of the National Academy of Sciences (1977), and of the academies of sciences in over 20 countries, and the foreign member of the CAS. He has been the president or member of many important American associations and societies. He was described by TIME magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," and has received numerous international and national prizes and awards. In 2001, Dr. Raven received the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States.  

Dr. Raven made outstanding contributions to the plant evolution and plant systematics research. He proposed the concept of co-evolution; initiated the studies on the effects of the Plate Tectonics upon biogeography and plant evolution, and much more. For 38 years, Dr. Raven has headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he has nurtured to become a world-class center for botanical research, education, and horticulture display.  

Dr. Raven is the first person to propose and organize the extensive cooperation between the biologists of the CAS and American botanists. He has been named honorary directors or academic committee members by several CAS institutes. He proposed the Flora of China project (revised edition of the Flora Reipublicae Popularis Sinicae in English) in 1979, and carried it on since 1989. As the foreign co-editor of the Flora of China, he has played critical and indispensable role in proposing the project, compiling book series, and raising funding. It is a key joint international cooperation project between the two institutions, with revising over 30,000 vascular plant species, leading to a contemporary, 50-volume account on all the plants of China. Around 10 million US dollars were sponsored by the American partners for expenditure of the Chinese researchers in foreign countries, joint editorial committee meetings, publications and foreign collaborators’ costs.  

Flora of China will be completely published by the end of the year 2012, and by then it will be the largest Flora in English. The Flora of China project accelerated the internationalization of Chinese botanical research, improved the recognition of Chinese botany and Chinese plants, and has shown great global influence. 

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Professor Roger-Maurice Bonnet

Professor Roger-Maurice Bonnet, The early scientific work of Professor Bonnet was focused on solar physics. Early in 1963, he launched the first French space astronomy experiment on board the Véronique rocket from Hammaguir in the Sahara. Professor Bonnet is the author of more than 150 articles and scientific publications, and the recipient of many awards and honors granted by a number of agencies, such as the Silver Medal given by the French Space Agency, the Emil Award by the International Academy of Astronautics, and the COSPAR Space Science Award. Professor Bonnet has contributed greatly to the development of international cooperation with China in space related areas. The CAS and ESA partnership of collabration was initiated by him during his term of office as the Director of Space Science Projects at the European Space Agency (ESA).  


With his support, China has also taken an active role in paticipating the ICSU Committe of Space Research (COSPAR) and other international space science organizations. He was elected the president of COSPAR duiring the 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, which held in Beijing in 2006. The joint COSPAR/CAS Jeoujang JAW Award was also set up during his presidency, in order to reward scientists who have made distinguished and pioneering contributions to space research, establishing new space science research branches and founding new exploration programs. This honor was the first international scientific award co-founded by the CAS and an international organization. During the past five years, two COSPAR Capacity Building Workshops were held in China, providing many young Chinese researchers with the opportunity to enhance their research capabilities with effective impacts on the development of space science in China. 

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