Odisha News – #Chinese scientist Xiangyi Li awarded 2013 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science #Odisha #KalingaAward
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated eminent scientist Prof Xiangyi Li, the winner of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize winner for the year 2013.
The CM conferred Kalinga Samman award to Dr Hara Prasanna Mishra, an eminent scientist and technocrat, for popularisation of science in the state. Patnaik felicitated the two scientists at a function at Institute of Physics organised by Kalinga Foundation Trust.
Prof Li was earlier in December, 2013 awarded the Kalinga Prize at a function in Paris. The eminent scientist will stay for 12 days in the country and addess students and teachers in different cities.
Receiving the Prize, Prof Li paid encomiums to the great civilizations of ancient India and China. “Scientific spirit is the only way forward to future,” he said.
Patnaik said, “I am delighted to felicitate Prof Xiangyi Li, the UNESCO Kalinga Prize Winner for popularisation of science for the year 2013, and presentation of ‘Kalinga Samman-2013 to Dr Mishra’.
“Our young scientists should take a leaf out of his books and follow his foot prints to spread the wings of scientific temper, so that the benefits of scientific and technological developments reach the common man,” he said.
It is fundamental duty of Indians to develop scientific temper and spirit among citizens, especially students, he said.
In the year 1951, under the banner of Kalinga Foundation Trust, Biju Babu laid the foundation stone through UNESCO, Paris and instituted Kalinga Prize for Popularisation of Science.
So far 67 eminent scientists and science popularisers have received this coveted award from 24 Countries of the World.
Kalinga Samman, a new award was given to eminent metallurgist Dr Hara Prasanna Mishra for popularisation of science in Odisha for the year 2013. So far, five outstanding personalities of the state have been given this distinction, including Dr Hara Prasanna Mishra.
The award is considered as the highest distinction in the state for popularisation of science.
Chinese scientist Xiangyi Li is the winner of the 2013 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science. He was selected by UNESO Director-General Irina Bokova, on the recommendation of an international jury. Ms Bokova presented him with the award at the opening of the World Science Forum which is being held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) until 27 November.
Professor Li, an academic and popular science expert, was one of the founders of the China Science and Technology Museum, which he also directed. He also led the Science Popularization Department in the China Association for Science and Technology, which promoted science in rural areas, factories and mines. He launched the first national study on the spread of scientific knowledge, and was a regular speak on science popularization or science education, for which he was recognized throughout the country.
Created in 1951, the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science is awarded every two years. Jointly financed by the Kalinga Foundation and the Government of India, it rewards people who, over the course of their careers, have helped interpret science, research and technology to the public and raise awareness about the international importance of science and technology.
The prize winner is also offered the Kalinga Chair, established by the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology, and is invited to India to meet with scientists and science communication specialists. In this way, the laureate is able to become familiar with Indian culture, research and educational institutions as well as the country’s industry and economy.
The prize includes a $20,000 cheque, the silver Albert Einstein medal, and a certificate, which were presented to professor Li at the award ceremony.