Xi Honors Top Scientists
January 8, Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) presents China’s top science award to virologist Hou Yunde (left) and explosives expert Wang Zeshan for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.
Wang Zeshan, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), is known as the “King of Explosives” for his research into compounds with important civilian and military applications. Hou Yunde, also an academician at the CAE, is the founder of China’s a’s work in modern virology. He laid the foundation for China’s ina’s molecular virus research, wrote numerous textbooks, created China’s first genetically engineered drugs—highly potent medicines that can be mass-produced—saving millions of lives and billions for the country’s economy.
The nation’s top science award comes with a prize e of 5 million yuan (US$769,000). Twenty-nine scientists sts have received the award since it was established in 2000. 00.