Chi­nese Sci­en­tist Wins SOFT In­no­va­tion Prize

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Chi­nese sci­en­tist Wu Yi­can has won the SOFT In­no­va­tion Prize for 2018, mak­ing him the first Asian win­ner of the bi­en­nial award es­tab­lished by the Euro­pean Union in 2014 to honor sci­en­tists who have con­trib­uted to in­no­va­tion in nu­clear fu­sion.

Wu, who works with the He­fei In­sti­tute of Phys­i­cal Sci­ence, Chi­nese Academy of Sciences, has been study­ing neu­trons for 30 years, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported. In the nu­clear en­ergy sys­tem, neu­trons are the source of nu­clear heat and ra­di­a­tion, and di­rectly in­flu­ence the safety of nu­clear power sta­tions. Wu was rec­og­nized for de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing safety soft­ware that has re­port­edly been used in more than 30 largescale nu­clear power projects in more than 60 re­gions and coun­tries.

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