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Gérard Mourou admitted into the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences
Gérard Mourou, professor at École Polytechnique and winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, has officially been admitted as a Foreign Member into the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). His impressive scientific career, high academic international standing, and important contributions to the cause of science and technology in China have earned him a spot as an official member of this esteemed scientific institution.
After receiving the prestigious French Legion of Honour award in 2012 (“Chevalier” distinction), the Frederic Ives medal in 2016 from the Optical Society of America, the Arthur L. Schawlow award in Laser Science from the American Physical Society, the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics with Donna Strickland, Gérard Mourou was recently admitted as a Foreign Member of the elite Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
A large national scientific institution, the CAS is comprised of three major parts – a comprehensive research and development network, a higher education system, and a traditional merit-based society represented by the Academic Divisions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASAD). Founded in June 1955, six years after the founding of CAS, the CASAD has served as an advanced national think-tank to the Chinese Government on major science and technology issues. The CAS now includes about 800 academicians, called CAS Members, and 90 Foreign Members.
Since being awarded a portion of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics in October 2018, Gérard Mourou has dedicated his time to both national and international research. He continues to travel around the world participating in worldwide scientific collaborations, conferences and visits to universities as well as high schools in order to continually convey his passion for scientific research, and more specifically laser physics, to the public.
Gérard Mourou’s scientific discoveries have had a significant impact on scientific research on a global scale. In November 2019, in presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, multiple ambitious projects launched within a strategic cooperation agreement in Physics between Thales China, Peking University and École Polytechnique, were put in place thanks to Professor Mourou’s discoveries, in particular his Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) technique for which he was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Professor Mourou shares the 2018 Nobel Prize award with the Canadian Donna Strickland, for having jointly developed a method for generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. The CPA technique revolutionized the field of laser science and found new applications in different branches of Physics, including nuclear and particle physics. Adapted to the medical field, it has led to new advances in refractive eye surgery and the treatment of cataracts.
More recently, on January 1, 2020, Professor Mourou was distinguished on an exceptional basis by the National Order of the prestigious French Legion of Honour, moving up a degree to an “Officier” (Officer) distinction (previously “Chevalier” distinction since 2012). The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of distinction for military and civil merits.
Gérard Mourou continues to keep close ties with academics and research institutions in China. His next visit will take place mid-January 2020, where he will participate in multiple scientific conferences, meet with an array of young researchers working in China and have the opportunity to meet with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang.
About École Polytechnique
École Polytechnique, also known as L’X, is the leading French institution combining top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undergraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor of Science, Ingénieur Polytechnicien (Master’s level program), Master’s, and PhD – are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 41% of students and 40% of faculty members). École Polytechnique offers an exceptional education to prepare bright men and women to excel in top-level key positions and lead complex and innovative projects which meet the challenges of 21st century society, all while maintaining a keen sense of their civil and social responsibilities. With its 23 laboratories, 22 of which are joint research units with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Polytechnique Research Center explores the frontiers of interdisciplinary knowledge to provide major contributions to science, technology, and society. École Polytechnique is a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris.