BEIJING — Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min won the nation’s top science and technology award on Jan 9.
President Xi Jinping presented the award to Yu, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, at a high-profile annual ceremony to honor distinguished scientists and research achievements.
Premier Li Keqiang, representing the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, made a speech congratulating the winners and lauding their achievements.
Senior Party leader Liu Yunshan and Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli — who presided over the ceremony — also presented awards to the winners.
This year, the annual awards were granted for 318 achievements, and to 8 science and technology experts as well as one foreign organization.
Yu Min, born in north China’s Tianjin in 1926, was behind China’s first successful hydrogen bomb test during the Cold War period, miniaturization of nuclear weapons, technological breakthroughs in the neutron bomb, and filled the nation’s void in the theory of atomic nucleus.
China’s first hydrogen bomb was detonated on June 17, 1967, 32 months after the country’s first atomic bomb test. It took the United States seven years and three months to develop a hydrogen bomb after its first atomic bomb test.