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Jiayang Li Elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society of UK

Source: Department of International Cooperation

Professor Jiayang Li, Vice Minister of Agriculture of China and CAAS President was elected a foreign member of the Royal Society of UK on May 1st, 2015, due to his seminal contributions to establishing forward genetics approaches in rice and his demonstration that the fundamental knowledge can contribute to the development of improved rice varieties through marker assisted breeding.

Professor Li’s membership to the Royal Society has come in a proper time while China’s contribution to the science and technology has been recognised worldwide. This was evidenced by Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society when he presented welcome note by saying, “the scientists elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society this year are leaders in their fields and have contributed much to the scientific endeavour. We are delighted to welcome them alongside the likes of great British scientist such as Newton, Boyle and Darwin”.

Professor Li is the fourth outstanding scientist from mainland China to be elected as foreign member of the Royal Society. Prior to this, professor Li has been the academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (since 2001), the fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (since 2004), the foreign associate of US National Academy of Sciences (since 2011), member of the German Academy of Sciences (since 2012), the associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization (since 2013), the academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (since 2014). Moreover, he is also the winner of the Corresponding Membership Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists (2011).

The Royal Society, founded in 1660, is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

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By Guo Ying