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UPDATED: January 15, 2010 NO. 3 JANUARY 21, 2010

Award-winning Scientists

Gu Chaohao (JU PENG)

Sun Jiadong (JU PENG)

Two prominent scientists, Gu Chaohao and Sun Jiadong, won the State Supreme Science and Technology Award on January 11. They each received 5 million yuan ($730,000) in prize money.

Established in 2000, the State Supreme Science and Technology Award is the highest accolade for outstanding Chinese scientists. It is awarded to no more than two recipients a year. A total of 16 scientists has been honored for their achievements.

Gu, 83, with a doctorate in physics and mathematics from Moscow State University in 1959, is primarily engaged in research in differential geometry, partial differential equations and mathematical physics, three sub-disciplines of modern mathematics. His achievements in studying partial differential equations especially have contributed greatly to China's advances in the field of supersonic aerodynamics which, for example, will make the development of spacecraft more technologically and economically efficient. Since 1992, Gu has served as a leading scientist in the key state basic research project of nonlinear science.

Gu has spent 62 years teaching. He was vice president of Fudan University and president of the University of Science and Technology of China between 1988 and 1993.

In 1980, Gu was elected an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In honor of his academic achievements, an asteroid was named after him last October.

Sun, 80, is an expert in carrier rocket and satellite technology, and one of the founders of China's space technology. He graduated from Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy in the Soviet Union in 1958. Since 1967, he has been leading China's satellite development program. He was chief engineer for 34 satellites among the total of 100 that China has launched, including the country's first artificial satellite--Dongfanghong I launched in 1970, the first recoverable remote sensing satellite in 1975 and first geostationary communications satellite in 1984. In 2003, Sun was appointed chief designer for China's lunar probe program.

Sun was elected an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1991. He was awarded a state medal in 1999 honoring his contributions to China's development of atomic weapons, missiles and satellites.

Mobile Exec Sacked


China Mobile Ltd., the world's largest mobile carrier by subscriber number, dismissed its vice chairman Zhang Chunjiang on January 7.

The Board of Directors of New York- and Hong Kong-listed China Mobile made the decision after Zhang was removed from his post of vice president at parent China Mobile Communications Corp. on December 31, 2009, for involvement in "serious economic irregularities."

According to a statement of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, the Party's disciplinary watchdog, Zhang is under investigation.

A report from Xinhua News Agency said Zhang had allegedly falsified accounts involving 20 billion yuan ($2.93 billion) during his tenure as president of China Netcom Communications Group Corp. between May 2003 and May 2008. China Netcom Communications merged with China United Communications Group Corp. in October 2008.

The 51-year-old Zhang was vice minister of information industry from 1999-2003.

"The whole city is in darkness. You have thousands of people sitting in the streets with nowhere to go."

Rachmani Domersant, an operations manager with the Food for the Poor charity in the Caribbean state of Haiti where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 12 might have killed more than 100,000 people

"Google is just playing cat and mouse, and trying to use netizens' anger or disappointment as leverage."

Guo Ke, a professor on mass communications at Shanghai International Studies University, on Google's intention to quit China

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Kerry Brown, Director of Strategic China and an associate fellow at Chatham House of Britain, on China's emergence as the world's biggest exporter

"We are prepared to deal with anyone who renounces violence and terrorism."

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, offering to hold dialogue with Al Qaeda militants in an interview carried by Yemen's Saba news agency on January 10

"We live here in north Sudan and we do not feel any difference between here and south Sudan. We have merged into the local community and we do not want, after all these years, to separate."

Sulaiman Ismail Genaih, a leading figure in the southern Sudanese tribe of Kiraish, calling for national unity despite probabilities that the referendum on self-determination for south Sudan, scheduled for January 2011, would result in secession of the south from the north

"Today, there is a new window of opportunity in disarmament and nonproliferation."

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, pledging to do everything in his power to advance the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world

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Simon P. Worden, head of NASA's Ames Research Center, predicting that, within four or five years, astronomers should discover the first Earth-like planet where life could develop, or may have already

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