Prof. Du Xiangwan, specializing in applied nuclear physics, laser technology and energy research.
Prof. Du was born on Apr. 29, 1938 in Nanyang, Henan Province, China. He graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute of the Soviet Union in 1964. He was vice president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), research fellow and senior scientific advisor of China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP) and honorary member of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). He was in charge of systematic research on diagnostic theory of nuclear tests and neutron physics of nuclear weapon. He served as a chief scientist in China’s new power laser research and drove China’s several new types of power laser technologies such as chemical oxygen-iodine laser to reach the world’s most advanced levels.
He has been director of the committee of experts in the field of advanced defense technology of the 863 Program since 2001. He was honored with one top prize, one first prize and two second prizes of the National Award for Science and Technology Progress and dozens of ministry- and commission-level first and second prizes. He won the Ho Leung Ho Lee science & Technology Progress Award in 2000.
Prof. Du was elected member of CAE in 1997 and foreign member of Russia Academy of Engineering Science in 2006. He has been vice president of CAE since 2002 and has played a leading role in the consulting work on China’s energy development strategy such as Research on China 2020 Renewable Energy Development Strategy, Research on China Energy Medium and Long Term (2030, 2050) Development Strategy and Re-consideration of Nuclear Energy Development, etc. He is currently the deputy head, National Energy Expert Advisory Committee.
Prof. Du has participated in addressing climate change. He has been in charge of the study of scientific and technologic issues concerning addressing climate change. He is currently chairman of the National Expert Committee of Climate Change. He was advisor of Chinese Delegation to COP UNFCCC at Copenhagen, Durban, Doha, Cancun and Warsaw, where he elaborated on efforts China needs to make in carbon intensity reduction and presented China’s determination in active commitment and achievement of goals in terms of energy.