Dubbed the ‘father of quantum’ in China, Pan Jianwei and his team harnessed quantum laws to transmit information securely, a process known as quantum communications, reports Chinese news portal The Paper.
In July, Pan and his team at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui Province, set a world record in quantum teleportation, or the sending of quantum information - for example, the exact state of an atom - from one place to another.
His team managed to beam the quantum state of a photon to separate ground stations on Earth 1,203 kilometres apart via the orbiting QUESS-Mozi satellite.
According to Nature, the team used the QUESS-Mozi satellite (aka 'Micius') to beam photons to Beijing and Vienna in September, generating quantum encryption keys that allowed teams in these cities to video-chat with complete security.
Others on the list include Sydney-based cancer scientist Jennihfer Byrne, who uncovered widespread research fraud, astronomer Marica Branchesi for working on gravitational waves, Khaled Toukan, who helped guide the completion of the Middle East's first synchrotron, and biologist David Liu, who developed new gene-editing tools.
Policy makers as well as scientists have been acknowledged by the magazine for their hard work, including Lassina Zerbo, head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, and Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition, 12-year-old leukaemia sufferer Emily Whitehead is on the list as she has “inspired a new generation of cancer therapy”.
On May 11, the Nature Publishing Group released Nature Publishing Index 2010 China, remarking “a dramatic rise in the quality of research being published by China”. University of Science and Technology of China is ranked 3rd of TOP 10 Institutions in Index 2010 China.
This article came from News Center of USTC.