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8 Shanghai scientists named in top academic institutes

Eight Shanghai scientists are among the newly elected academicians to the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the country’s two top academic institutions announced yesterday.

Three Fudan University professors  were named in the CAS list. Professor Sun Xin, 74, is a researcher in the field of condensed matter physics; Professor Chen Shuxing, 72, is a mathematician and Professor Jin Li, 50, works on evolutionary genetics.

Two others — Han Bing, 50, from Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences and Ding Kuiling, 47, from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, were also named in CAS list.

The three new academicians at CAE are Professor Ding Wenjiang, 60, from the School of Material Science and Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Xia Zhaofan, 59, director of the burn surgery department at Changhai Hospital affiliated to the Second Military Medical University and Yu Jianyong, 49, vice president of Donghua University.

The CAS elected a total of 62 new academicians, including nine foreigners, while the CAE elected 57 academicians with six foreigners among them. CAE said it now has 807 academicians. The average age of its newly elected academicians is 56.9.

The oldest is 77-year-old Xu Qinan, chief designer of Jiaolong, China’s first manned deep-sea submersible, which reached a record depth of 7,062 meters in the Pacific’s Mariana Trench during a dive in June 2012.



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