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Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi was employed as professor emeritus

published: 2014-10-27 10:27:00       hits: 

On the morning of October 27th, Purdue University Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was employed as our school’s professor emeritus. President Li Yanrong issued the letter of appointment.


On behalf of UESTC, President Li gave Professor Ei-ichi Negishi a warm welcome, expressing that it is our school’s honor to have him as our professor emeritus since Professor Ei-ichi Negishi had made many important achievements in organic chemistry. As acomprehensive university sponsored by 985 Project, UESTC features electronic information technology and has produced far more engineering graduates who have become the dominant force in developing electrical and information industry in China. To further basic innovation research, our university set up Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences this year. President Li pointed that as an important basic subject, chemistry is closely related to electronic and information field. Therefore, we sincerely hoped that Professor Ei-ichi Negishi could guide and instruct our students so that the Institute and our university would develop better.


Professor Ei-ichi Negishi expressed that it was his honor to be a professor emeritus of UESTC and said this was the first time to visit Chengdu. Seeing the prosperous development of electrical and information industry here, Professor Ei-ichi Negishi showed his belief in the future of this industry in Chengdu. He admired the determination and efforts UESTC made to strengthen the research of fundamental and frontier sciences. He was also willing to make every effort to promote the development of UESTC.

Professor Wang Zhiming from Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences introduced Professor Ei-ichi Negishi to the guests. Professor Ei-ichi Negishi graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1958. He went on to study in the United States and obtained his PhD from University of Pennsylvania in 1963. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for palladium catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis" jointly with Richard F. Heck and Akira Suzuki.

Vice-Chairman of UESTC University Council Wang Yafei, Vice President Yang Xiaobo and heads of related departments attended the appointed ceremony.