PAN Jianwei as The People Who Touched China in 2016


PAN Jianwei, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, became one of the role models as the leader of quantum communication. He contributes a lot to success of Mozi, the world’s first quantum satellite, as the chief scientist of the project.

On the evening of February 8, the "Touching China in 2016" awards ceremony was broadcast on CCTV's synthetically channel. Touching China is a spiritual brand launched by CCTV (china central television). Since 2002, ten people from all walks of society are elected by Chinese through many ways. Each character has some kind of spiritual power that touches the audience.

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How Pan Jianwei struggled and worked for the development of quantum communication was showed in a video at the ceremony. The host also conducted a live interview with him.

The introduction words given by the selection committee were listed as follow:

Sniffing each leaf, he keeps a child-like curiosity to the whole world. Keeping the distance with fame and fortune, he devotes all for science. Standing in the forefront of the world, he dialogues with the universe. In the name of the pioneer, he does things never done before.

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Pan Jianwei, national academician, executive vice president of University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), was born in 1970 in Zhejiang, Dongyang province. He studied in USTC during 1987-1995 and had received a bachelor's and a master's degree in theoretical physics.

In 1996, he went to Austria to study. In 1999, he received a doctor's degree in experimental physics from University of Vienna. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of experimental physics, University of Vienna in 1999-2001.

In 2011 he was elected to be an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In September 2012, he became an academician of the Academy of Sciences in the developing countries. He is Chief Scientist in charge of Quantum Science Experimental Satellite.

By August 16, 2016, the world's first quantum science experimental satellite "Mozi"(in memory of an ancient Chinese Philosopher and scientist) which China has independently developed was successfully launched at the Jiuquan satellite launch center; it’s the first time in the world to realize quantum communication between the satellite and the earth.

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Pan Jianwei has long been engaged in quantum optics, quantum information and quantum mechanics of the basic issues. He has made innovative contributions on the quantum communication research and is an international famous scholar in the field.

His research results on the realization of quantum teleportation have been selected in the top ten scientific and technological progresses in “Science" magazine. They also have been selected six times by national academicians in China's top ten scientific and technological progresses and five times in "annual major progress in physics" selected by the European Institute of Physics and 4 times in “annual physics Major events " selected by the American Physical Society.

The other nine most inspiring role models are Sun Jiadong, the chief designer of China’s lunar probe project. Zhang Chao, the PLA Navy fighter who died in a training session but saved others in the last minutes of his life. Guo Xiaoping who established Red Ribbon School for children with HIV. Liang Yijian,a doctor who creates his way to treate many poor patients with severe scoliosis. Ablin Ablizz, a former judge and procurator who has remained impartial and clean in each position he has served and an official like Jiao Yulu. Li Wanjun, the top welder at Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Qin Yuefei, a 27-year-old who graduated from Yale University serves as an entry-level assistant in a remote village in Hunan province.  Wang Feng, a ggreat man who risked his life to rescue more than 20 of his neighbors from a massive fire. Zhi Yueying ,a rural school teacher in Fengxin county, Jiangxi province.