Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min was on 9 January 2015 presented with the State Preeminent Science and Technology Award 2014 by Chinese President Xi Jinping. He was awarded for his involvement in research into nuclear weapons since the 1960s.
Yu Min is presently an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
• Born in Tianjin, China in 1926, Yu began serving as a researcher at the Modern Physics Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1951.
• Yu Min was behind China's first successful hydrogen bomb test in the Cold War era in 1960s.
• He was part of the miniaturization of nuclear weapons, technological breakthroughs in the neutron bomb and the theory of atomic nucleus.
• He was also the recipient of the Two Bombs, One Satellite Achievement Medal in 1999 for his contributions to China's first satellite project.
About State Preeminent Science and Technology Award
• The State Preeminent Science and Technology Award was set up in 1999. It is awarded to the top two scientists of China every year.
• The award includes a cash prize worth 5 million-yuan (805200 US dollars), 10 percent of which is given to the awarded scientist.
• The first State Preeminent Science and Technology Award was given to Yuan Longping in 2000. So far, 25 Chinese scientists have won the award including Zhang Cunhao and Wu Liangyong.
Who: Yu Min
When: 9 January 2015