Professor ZHOU Guangzhao

 

Professor ZHOU Guangzhao (周光召) was born in Changsha, Hunan Province in May 1929, and graduated from Tsinghua University in 1951. He was President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1987 to 1997, and President of the China Association for Science and Technology from 1996 to 2006. He was elected as member of the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Central Committee, and vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee. He currently acts as CAST’s honorable chairman.

 

 

Professor Zhou has made many outstanding achievements in all major areas of theoretical physics. Because of his tremendous contributions to the research and development of China's first atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb, he was bestowed the Service Medal issued by the National Natural Science Prize and the CPC Central Committee, Central Military Commission and State Council. His other appointments include Chairman of the Pacific Science Association and Council, and consultant for UNESCO.

 

 

Professor Zhou was awarded the Medal of the Italian Republic by the Italian government in 1993, Outstanding Scientist Award by the Qiu Shi Science & Technologies Foundation in 1994, the Liebig Medal by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2006. An asteroid with the international code 3462 had been named "Zhou Guangzhao Star" in his honor, by the Committee for Small Body Nomenclature. He had also received honorary doctorate degrees from six international universities, including City University of New York, McGill University, University of Hong Kong, etc He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of 12 countries and regions, including National Academy of Sciences (USA), Russian Academy of Sciences, European Academy of Sciences, the Third World Academy of Sciences, and so on.

 

 

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