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2011 Winners of the Award for International Scientific Cooperation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

  Flemming Besenbacher


 Flemming Besenbacher 

Professor Flemming Besenbacher is a Danish professor and is currently the Director of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University of Denmark, a Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Danish Academy of National Sciences and a Councilor of the Danish National Science Research Council. He serves as the Chairman of the Danish Royal Carlsberg Foundation and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Sixth Framework for Nanoscience. Professor Besenbacher is devoted to research in the fields of surface science, molecular electronics, quantum effects in nanowires, and scanning tunnel microscopy. He has made outstanding achievements in the interdisciplinary study of physics, chemistry and nanoscience, and is one of the world’s leading scientists in surface physics and nanoscience. He was elected as the most influential scientist in Denmark in 2006. 

Professor Besenbacher has established productive international collaborations with CAS since 1990 and has made significant contributions to Sino-Danish graduate training programs and Sino-Danish joint nanoscience research activities. Due to his remarkable contribution, he was awarded an Einstein Professorship by CAS in 2009. He has twice accompanied Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on visits to China, initiating and promoting the establishment of a Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research between the Danish Association of Universities and the CAS Graduate School. This center was co-founded by the CAS Graduate School and the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Denmark, Association of the Universities of Denmark. A series of research projects have been initiated in areas such as clean energy, climate and environment, nanoscience and technology, and material sciences. A graduate training program was launched jointly between the CAS Graduate School and eight Danish universities, enabling both sides to make best use of each other’s research and educational resources. 

Professor Besenbacher initiated the Sino-Danish Science and Technology International Project by the Danish Science Foundation and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. In 2009, both sides issued application guidance and launched two important projects after international assessment, facilitating substantial scientific cooperation between the Institute of Chemistry, CAS, NCNST, Peking University, and Tsinghua University in China, and Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and other high-level research institutes in Denmark.  

In 2011, Professor Besenbacher was appointed the Chairman of the Danish Royal Carlsberg Foundation. He has played a driving role in setting up a joint biology lab with the CAS and in deepening collaboration between China and Danish institutions. In many of his reports and lectures at conferences for Sino-Danish joint projects, Professor Besenbacher has explained the history of international nanoscicence and technology, and the latest trends and research results of his research group, all of which have helped significantly to promote international collaboration in the development of nanoscience and technology in China. 

Lonnie G.Thompson


Lonnie G.Thompson 

Prof. Lonnie G. Thompson is a distinguished Professor at Ohio State University and senior researcher at Byrd Polar Research Center, OSU, the Deputy Director of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. A special report on him appeared in Science in 2002, and he was then awarded the Tyler Prize in 2005 for his innovative research and great contribution to human understanding of the tropical alpine climate and environment. His insights into ice core paleoclimatology and efforts to advocate for the cause of protecting precious commodities have led to his election as a member of the National Academy of Sciences of USA in 2006 and the award of the National Medal of Science in 2007.

In 2009, he was also elected as a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Thompson has been devoted to ice core palaeoclimatology since the 1970s. His team drilled ice cores from glacial peaks and reconstructed paleoclimates to enhance human understanding of past climate changes and thus better forecast future climate changes. Prof. Thompson has published 10 papers in Science and 1 in Nature, each of which have been cited over 300 times, and hundreds of other influential research papers in top journals. He is thus well acknowledged internationally in the climatology community.

His cooperation with Chinese glaciologists traced back to 1984. Since then he has been actively involved in training young talents in China. He has trained a mature ice core research team for China and published numerous high-impact papers with his Chinese collaborators, such as Science, Geophysical Research Letters, and the Journal of Geophysical Research. In 2007, he was chosen as an Einstein Professor by CAS. He took the opportunity to visit the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research in Beijing, the Institute of Earth Environment in Xi’an and the CAS Graduate School, offering suggestions on China’s Quaternary study and conducting indepth exchanges with scientists in the Academy.  

Due to his long-term friendship with Prof. Tandong Yao, he has been the deputy director of the academic advisory committee of the newly founded ITPCAS since 2003, and fulfils his role by helping identify the academic research directions for the institute. In 2009, he accepted an invitation from Prof. Yao to participate in the 1st Third Pole Environment (TPE) Workshop and called upon the first TPE session at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in 2010. His reputation and role in the program has greatly helped to promote the program in the US. 

As a foreign member of the CAS, Prof. Thompson is greatly concerned about the development of the Chinese academic community. In 2011, he was invited to participate in an essay writing activity organized by the CAS. He not only composed a paper with suggestions for a high-level peer-review process for the selection of projects to fund, but also handwrote a letter of over six pages to express his hopes concerning the development of CAS. In the ceremony granting him a Special Prize for this competition, the organizer named him as “the Norman Bethune of China’s academic community”. This title well illustrates his role in China. 

S. Kurokawa  


 S. Kurokawa

Prof. S. Kurokawa is a world-famous particle accelerator expert. He took charge of the KEK Accelerator Laboratory in 2001 and has made an outstanding contribution to the design, construction and operation of several high energy accelerators, including the KEK B-factory. KEKB still has the world record for luminosity and has made a significant contribution to the outstanding accomplishments of the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics. 

Prof. Kurokawa was elected as Chairman of the Asian Committee for Future Accelerators and Chairman of the Steering Committee for the International Linear Collider. He has served as an advisory committee member for several large accelerator projects and as the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the First International Particle Accelerator Conference. He has made a significant contribution in the field of global particle accelerators and received the Rolf Wideöe Prize in 2011.

Prof. S. Kurokawa has visited China more than 50 times since the 1980s and has participated in collaborations with Chinese researchers at the Institute of High Energy Physics, the Institute of Modern Physics, the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics and the University of Science and Technology of China as well as some other CAS institutions. He has also initiated a collaboration between JSPS (Japan Society in the Promotion of Science) and CAS in the field of the accelerator-related science and technology and was the Japanese coordinator for this program.

In 2000, around 10 institutions from China and Japan launched a new collaboration in accelerator domains which has included around 800 scientific visits and many conferences, and has produced numerous high-quality research papers. With respect to the training of personnel, Prof. Kurokawa sponsored and organized an Asian Accelerator School in Beijing on cryogenics and superconductivity in electron storage rings, which provided training for many young scientists from CAS and other institutions.

With respect to advanced control technology, he has successfully pushed forward the application of the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control Systems (EPICS) to accelerators in China. Prof. Kurokawa has shown great concern for the development of superconducting cavities in the CAS accelerators and has promoted their application in CAS’s large accelerators. He has also served as a member of the Machine Advisory Committee for the Upgrading of the Beijing Electron-Positron Collider and has provided many valuable comments and suggestions.

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