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PKU professors and alumni elected Fellows of TWAS

JAN . 29 2018
Peking University, Jan. 29, 2018: On January 26, 2018, TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries) announced the newly elected fellows of the membership. Two professors and two alumni from Peking University are among them. They are Professor Gong Qihuang and Proefssor Xie Xin-Cheng from School of Physics, Professor Chen Shiyi from Southern University of Science and Technology and Professor Guo Zhentang from Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

This year, TWAS elected 55 new members, bringing total TWAS membership to 1228 and 12 members from mainland China are on the list.

Their main academic contributions in Physics, Engineering Sciences and Astronomy, Space and Earth are as below:

GONG, Qihuang (China): (M). PhD, Boya Chair Professor, Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China. The nominee has made significant achievements in ultrafast intense optics and nanophotonics, especially to ultrafast organic optical nonlinearities and photonic crystal switches and the ionization of atoms, molecules under ultrafast intense laser fields. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he has received the State Natural Science Award, the Science and Technology Award, the HLHL Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress and the Ro Yutai Physics Prize, among many others.

XIE, Xin-Cheng (China): (M). PhD, Dean and Chair Professor, School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing, China. The nominee has established theories for several remarkable observations, including the 2D radiation-induced ‘zero-resistence state’, the 2D metal-insulator transition, and the fractional quantum Hall states in the double-layer system. Recently, he proposed a theory for spin superconductor. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he has received the Top 10 Science Advances of China, the Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Award, the Regent's Outstanding Research Award of Oklahoma State University and the Outstanding Young Scientists Award for Oversea Chinese, among others.

CHEN, Shiyi (China): (M). PhD, President, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. The nominee has done outstanding research in lattice gas and lattice Boltzmann methods in which he created important analysis approach having engineering applications. He has also contributed to the high performance computing and fluid turbulence. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he has received the Outstanding Research Award (Los Alamos National Lab), the External Honor Recognition Award (BM T.J. Watson Research Center), the Natural Science Foundation of China Outstanding Young Researcher Award, among others.

GUO, Zhengtang (China): (M). PhD, Research Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Vice-President, Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), Beijing, China. The nominee’s research has extended the China loess-soil record from 8 to 22 Ma, attested to the onsets of Asian monsoon and inland deserts by the early Miocene, reconstructed near-contributions Neogene Asian monsoon and desertification histories and greatly improved the understanding on the Asian-global climate links. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he has received the Award of Global Change Science, the Huang Jiqing Award of Geological Science and Technology for Young Scientists, the Award of Tibetan Plateau Research for Young Scientists, among others.


Written by: Zhang Jiang