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7 foreign academics recognized for efforts

THE Chinese government yesterday bestowed its International Science and Technology Cooperation Award on seven foreign scientists for their contributions to the nation's development in various fields.

Three professors from the United States - Yuen-Ron Shen, Vincent Chan and Britton Chance - Arima Akito from Japan, Agustin Lage Davila from Cuba, Michel Che from France and Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker from Germany were honored.

Shen, 74, has been engaged in Sino-American science and technology cooperation in a variety of fields since 1972.

This cooperation had dramatically improved the academic status and influence of China in optics and condensed matter physics, said a statement from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Chan, 60, contributed to the promotion and new finds in nuclear fusion in China.

Chance, 96, helped train and cultivate Chinese scientists, the statement said.

Nuclear physicist Akito, 79, took an active part in promoting scientific exchange and cooperation between Japan and China in his position as president of the University of Tokyo and Japanese Minister of Science and Technology over the past three decades.

Through the largest Sino-Cuban biomedical cooperation project, biologist Davila, 60, guided development of the first humanized monoclonal antibody for cancer treatment in China.

Chemist Che, 68, contributed to chemical catalyst research in China.

Biochemist Winnacker, 68, put forward a series of innovative ideas and carried out effective measures to promote Sino-German cooperation.


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