Explosive expert wins China's top scientific award
2018-01-08 13:39:00
Wang Zeshan at work./Photo of njust.edu.cn

Explosive expert Wang Zeshan and virologist Hou Yunde received the 2017 State Preeminent Science and Technology Award—the nation's highest scientific award—in Beijing on Monday.

Wang, 82, is a professor of Nanjing University of Science and Technology and  an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). He is known in the academic field as the "King of Explosives" for his research into explosives that have great civilian and military applications. His inventions have improved the launch range of Chinese missiles and cannons by more than 20 percent.

Wang Zeshan: King of gunpowder 

Dedicated to the research on gunpowder for over 60 years, Wang Zeshan was awarded for his original achievements made in this field, taking the lead of the international level and rejuvenating gunpowder, one of China’s four great inventions.

Wang, born on Oct. 10, 1935 in Jilin city, northeast China’s Jilin Province, has spent his whole lifetimes working with explosives, specializing in energetic materials. Now in his eighties, Wang still spends half the year working.

 Wang was the first to develop technology for reutilizing obsolete explosives, and energetic materials with low temperature sensitivity. He successfully designed propelling charge and modular change systems for the extended firing range, improving the firing range of China’s artillery by 20 percent and optimizing the ballistic performance.

This is not the first time Wang has received a national-level award. He was the first-prize winner of National Scientific and Technological Progress Awards in 1993, and National Technology Invention Awards in both 1996 and 2016.

Source:CGTN/jschina.com.cn Editor:Hiram