A hal­lowed ap­ple tree

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI XUEQING in Shang­hai


A de­scen­dent of the fa­mous ap­ple tree at Wool­sthorpe Manor that led Sir Isaac New­ton to dis­cover the the­ory of grav­i­ta­tion now has a home in Shang­hai.

The tree ar­rived in the city from the United King­dom on March 8 and has been grow­ing well in Chen­shan Botan­i­cal Gar­den. The tree is ex­pected to help peo­ple un­der­stand New­ton’s spirit for sci­en­tific in­no­va­tion, Yang Fu­jia told Wen­hui News­pa­per.

Yang, a nu­clear physi­cist, is the main ad­vo­ca­tor for bring­ing in the tree. He had vis­ited Wool­sthorpe Manor twice when he was the chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham and last sum­mer, he and other sci­en­tists made the pro­posal to bring the tree into Shang­hai.

Bri­tain’s Na­tional Trust, which owns the Wool­sthorpe Manor where New­ton was born, pro­vided the Shang­hai As­so­ci­a­tion of Science and Tech­nol­ogy with a cut­ting of tree that has two cer­tifi­cates — one is­sued by UK’s Na­tional Trust, the other by the State Forestry Bureau of China.

The tree will be moved to the Shang­hai Science Hall — well known for be­ing a place of sci­en­tific ex­changes and ed­u­ca­tion since its found­ing in 1958 — by the end of this year if it con­tin­ues to grow well.

Hav­ing also ar­rived in Shang­hai is the New­ton Fund, also known as the UK-China Joint Re­search and In­no­va­tion Part­ner­ship Fund, which was es­tab­lished at the UKChina sum­mit in 2013.

The £200 mil­lion fund ($310 mil­lion) is part of a fiveyear joint sci­en­tific re­search plan by the two coun­tries that will tackle is­sues such as health, green tech­nol­ogy, energy and ur­ban­iza­tion.

The Shang­hai As­so­ci­a­tion of Science and Tech­nol­ogy is bring­ing the fund’s short-term train­ing pro­gram to the city this year to help the par­tic­i­pants in in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tific ex­changes.

The pro­gram will re­cruit 20 Chi­nese sci­en­tific tal­ents aged un­der 35 and they will be trained in pub­lish­ing in­ter­na­tional jour­nals, giv­ing lec­tures at in­ter­na­tional sym­po­siums and how to work in an in­ter­na­tional team. Teach­ers of the pro­gram will be se­lected by the Bri­tish Coun­cil.


A de­scen­dent of the fa­mous ap­ple tree at Wool­sthorpe Manor has ar­rived in the city and is grow­ing well.

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