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Top Chinese Scientists and Their Innovations

China is home to some of the most notable inventions and discoveries of all time. From paper and gunpowder to cloning monkeys to quantum video conference experiments, Chinese have been discovering ways of improving life for thousands of years. In the 2017 report from the US National Science Foundation, it is recorded that China has already surpassed the US in the number of science publications. What a way to trail-blaze! 

Here are some modern Chinese Scientists who are being recognized for their work: 


1. Xie Xiaoliang Sunney

Sunney is a Chinese-American biochemist who is known as the father of single-molecule biophysical chemistry and single-molecule enzymology. He is also the director of the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics and the Biodynamics Optical Imaging Center. Xie was also recently awarded the 2017 Qiu Shi Outstanding Scientist Award for his work.


2. James C. C. Chan 

Professor C.C. Chan is the pioneer of electric vehicle technology. He is known to be the first to use an alternating current (AC) motor in electric cars. He received the 2018 IEEE Transportation Technologies Award for these works. 


3. Tang Ching Wan

Tang is a Hongkong-American physical chemist who invented organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) and was included in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2018 for this. He paved the way for the first commercial full-color OLED displays and he also received the 2017 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal. 


4. Wu Jianping 

He is a computer scientist. In 2017, Wu became an inductee of the Internet Hall of Fame and the only Chinese person included. He was the person who contributed to the advancement in China’s internet technology and improved the country’s ties to the global internet community. 


5. Chang Meemann 

Also known as Zhang Miman, she is the first Chinese woman to be appointed as head of China’s Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology. She was also lauded in 2018 with the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for her founding work on fossil records and led to discoveries into the evolution of aquatic life on land. 

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