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Expat scientists honored at Beijing awards

By Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)

15:34, February 15, 2012

Three expatriate scientists working in Shanghai were honored at a science and technology awards ceremony in Beijing yesterday.

They were Andreas Dress, a German mathematician; John Buswell, a British researcher on physiology and biochemistry of edible and medicinal mushrooms; and Hugues de The, a French hematologist.

They were among the eight expatriate scientists from across China who won the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award at the 2011 State Science and Technology Awards ceremony. It marked the first time three expats from one municipality or province were so honored.

"These expatriate scientists greatly boosted the cooperation between China and other countries and helped many local young experts get global recognition," said Yin Bangqi of the city's science and technology award office.

Apart from the three scientists, 53 projects that local researchers led or participated in also won awards.

Thirty-six projects received second-place prizes of State Natural Sciences Award, but the first-place prize was not awarded for the eighth time in the last 12 years. Included in the awards was work on the technology used by the Chang'e 1 lunar-orbiting aircraft to measure the thickness of lunar soil.

A degradable drug-coated stent, opening blocked blood vessels for coronary disease patients, developed by Dr Ge Junbo from the city's Zhongshan Hospital, received recognition from home and abroad.

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