Chinese Desert Researcher Receives Humboldt Research Award

Dr. Yang Xiaoping was recognized for his research on environmental evolution and human activity in arid areas, among others.

AsianScientist (Jul. 25, 2016) – Dr. Yang Xiaoping, a researcher with the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has won the Humboldt Research Award, one of Germany’s top research awards. He is a rare geologist to have won the award.

Yang was honored for his research on environmental evolution and human activity in arid areas, and for studying the dynamic process and interaction of water and sand in these environments, according to the Humboldt Foundation that supports the award.

Yang is one of two Chinese recipients of this year’s Humboldt Research Award. The other award recipient is Dr. Wu Yundong, president of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School and member of CAS.

The Humboldt Research Award is awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which was founded in 1972 in Germany to recognize new scientific discoveries, theories, or insights that have a significant impact.

Altogether, 29 scientists have won this year’s award, which comes with EUR 60,000 (~US$65,910) in research funding.


Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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