The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) announced the election of 52 new Members on Oct. 2 (local time) in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Academy's 24th General Meeting. The forty-six new Fellows and six Associate Fellows from 19 countries bring the total TWAS Membership to 1115. Among them, nine are from the Chinese mainland, with two from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) included.
The two new TWAS members are SHEN Baogen with the State Key Laboratory for Magnetism, Institute of Physics, CAS (for Physics); and HUANG Jikun with the Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of CAS (for Social and Economic Sciences).
SHEN is nominated for his innovative work on synthesis of novel magnetic materials with the giant magnetocaloric effect and high-performance permanent magnetic materials, and for his studies of a magnetocaloric effect for a first-order magnetic transition system, the coercivity mechanism in nanocomposite permanent magnets and the abnormal magnetic phenomena in metal-metal-based amorphous alloys. Member of CAS, he has won, among others, the First Class S&T Awards of Beijing twice, the Ye Qi-Sun Physics Award, and the 100 Talent Programme Award of CAS.
HUANG's papers on the biotech economy have been widely cited. His findings on rural development and poverty alleviation have become the major sources of China’s rural economy information to the global community. He has also developed China’s Agricultural Policy Simulation and Projection Model, (CAPSIM), recognized as a very sophisticated model, it is regularly used in policy analysis. He has won the 2008 Outstanding Contribution Award in Management Science in China, and China’s Agriculture S&T Award in 2007, to cite just two of many.