Jin Yilian, a 74-year-old computer scientist from the Chinese Academy of
won China's top science prize Friday.
an award ceremony held in Beijing Friday, Chinese President Jiang
Zemin presented Jin with the 5-million-yuan (US$604,500) State
Preeminent Science and Technology Award for 2002.
The sum of the award equals to the value of the Nobel Prize in the
1980s. The winner himself receives 500,000 yuan (US$60,450). The
remaining 4.5 million yuan (US$544,050) will be used for future
scientific research under his guidance.
Jin Yilian is one of the pioneers in the development of high
performance computers in China. Over the past five decades, he has
made fundamental contributions to the development of large-scale,
high performance computers of the country.
the awards ceremony, 269 scientific research achievements received
State Science and Technology Awards.
Three Hong Kong scientists won second prizes, one in the State
Technological Invention Award and two in the State Natural Science
Leading Chinese Chemist Receives Top Natural Science
The first prize in China's State Natural Science Award has finally
found a suitable recipient after being unclaimed for four
Jiang Xikui, a leading Chinese scientist, won the prize for his
outstanding achievement in the field of physical organic chemistry
Jiang, a renowned chemist from the Shanghai Institute of Organic
Chemistry under the Chinese
Academy of Sciences (CAS), has invented a series of new
concepts and comprehensive and reliable parameters that "yield the
fundamental meanings" to research into the phenomenon of life and
some physical and pathological processes.
The State Natural Science Award is part of China's State Science
and Technology Award scheme that was established in 1955.
The first prizes for the State Natural Science Award and the State
Technological Invention Award have not been presented for four
consecutive years since 1997 for lack of suitable candidates.
State Science and Technology Awards
China annually presents five state science and technology awards,
namely the State Preeminent Science and Technology Award, the State
Natural Science Award, the State Technological Invention Award, the
State Scientific and Technological Progress Award and the
International Scientific and Technological Award.
The 5-million-yuan State Preeminent Science and Technology Award
was set up in 1999 and given to no more than two persons every
year. So far, five Chinese scientists have won the award, including
Jin Yilian, Wu Wenjun, Yuan Longping, Wang Xuan and Huang Kun.
Over the past 50 years, China has granted awards to some 20,000
significant scientific and technological programs. More than 60,000
people, including 18 foreigners, have gained state science and
technology awards from 1979-1999.
(People's Daily March 1, 2003)