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Daya Reddy


From February 2016

Reddy was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD degree from Cambridge University.

He was appointed professor of applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town in 1989, and served as dean of its science faculty from 1999 – 2005. He currently holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics. He is President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and serves as Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council, a body which produces reports on scientific, technological and health issues for governments and global organizations. He is an elected fellow of TWAS and the African Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe (Bronze), awarded by the President of South Africa for distinguished contributions to science, and of the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

Daya Reddy’s research interests lie at the intersection of applied mathematics and engineering sciences. Much of his work is concerned with analysis and computational simulation in solid and fluid mechanics, and concerns the development of mathematical models of material behaviour, analysis of these models, and the construction and implementation of algorithms for their numerical solution. His work is motivated by applications in areas such as materials science and biomechanics.

Yuan-Tseh Lee


To February 2016

Yuan Tseh Lee was born on 19 November 1936 in the island of Taiwan. He received his B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University in 1959. After finishing his M.S. degree at Tsinghua University, he pursued his Ph.D. thesis research at the University of California at Berkeley under the guidance of the late B.H. Mahan. In 1965, after receiving his Ph.D. degree, he began to conduct reactive scattering experiments in ion-molecule reaction as a post-doctoral fellow in Mahan’s laboratory.

In 1967, Dr. Lee joined Dudley Herschbach’s group at Harvard as a research fellow where they took molecular beam experimentation beyond the alkali age. After being appointed assistant professor at the University of Chicago in 1968, he rapidly made his laboratory the North American capital of molecular beam study. Dr. Lee returned to Berkeley as a full professor in 1974 and significantly expanded his research to include, in addition to crossed molecular beams, studies of reaction dynamics, investigations of various primary photochemical processes, and the spectroscopy of ionic and molecular clusters.  In 1994, he retired from his position of University Professor and Principal Investigator for the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley and assumed the position of the President of the Academy of Sciences located in Taipei, the highest ranking academic institution in Taiwan consisting of 30 independent institutes and 250 academicians. In subsequent years, he has transformed the Academy of Sciences into a world class research organization. In 2006 he became President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Fellow at the same institution.

Dr. Lee has received numerous awards and honors, including the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the U.S. National Medal of Science, Faraday Medal and Prize from the Royal Chemical Society of Great Britain and the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Medal from the Indian National Science Academy.  He has also been awarded the Ernest O. Lawrence Award of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Harrison Howe Award, the Peter Debye Award of Physical Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and the Othmer Gold Medal from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Göttingen Academy of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, a member of the Academy of Sciences located in Taipei, the Third World Academy of Sciences, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, an honorary member of the Japan Academy and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has received Doctor Honoris Causa from thirty-five universities around the world.

Jinghai Li

Vice-President for Scientific

Planning and Review

Jinghai Li, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST), is an internationally recognized chemical engineer. He is dedicated to the research in simulation and optimization of chemical processes. Prof. Li obtained his Ph.D. from CAS Institute of Process Engineering in 1987. After that, he did post-doc researches at the City University of New York and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He has been working with the Academy since 1990.

Li pioneered in the study of comprehensive Energy-Minimization Multi-Scale (EMMS) principle for gas-solid systems. He extended this principle to many different systems, which led to the proposition of a new interdisciplinary field Mesoscience.

He received many international awards such as TWAS Medal Lectures, AIChE Lectureship Award. He has been granted honorary degrees by universities such as ETH, Birmingham, and Warwick. He is Oxford Visiting Professor. Prof. Li was Members of several National Academies such as CAS, RAEng, ATSE, SATW, and also a member of TWAS.

He sits on the editorial committees or international advisory boards for several Journals, such as Advances in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Science, Reviews in Chemical Engineering, and Granular Metter. He is editor-in-chief of Particuology.

Li serves on the advisory board of the Chinese National Committee for “Future Earth”. He represents CAS in IAP, IAC and AASA. He participated in the G8+5 Academies President Meetings from 2006 to 2008 and contributed to several joint statements. He is on the study panel of the IAC Report: “Lighting the Way: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future”. While as President of AASA from 2007 to 2010, he organized a study on Sustainable Asia: Energy, Resources, Environment and Culture, published by Springer. He co-chaired the UK-China joint report “Future of Energy Storage: Technology and Policy”.

Michael Clegg

Vice-President for External Relations

Michael T. Clegg is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. During an academic career of more than 40 years Clegg has published approximately 175 research articles and book chapters and he has coauthored or edited nine books. Clegg’s research specialty is population genetics and molecular evolution. Clegg is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the American Philosophical Society. He was elected Foreign Secretary of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and reelected in 2006 and in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Global Academy of Sciences (TWAS), a corresponding member of several academies. He was elected Co-Chair of the Inter American Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) in 2010 and re-elected in 2013.

David Black


David Black was born in Wollongong, Australia and after working at Monash University from 1965-1982 was appointed to the Chair of Organic Chemistry at UNSW in 1983.  He graduated BSc and MSc at the University of Sydney and was awarded an Overseas Scholarship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to undertake a PhD in Cambridge (with Lord Todd).  He was then a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Columbia University (with Tom Katz) before taking up his appointment at Monash University.  He has spent periods of study leave at the ETH Zürich in 1968-9 (with Albert Eschenmoser), Würzburg University in 1974 (with Siegfried Hünig) (as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow) and Cambridge University in 1980 (with Alan Battersby).  He has also held Visiting Professorships at the Science University of Tokyo (1988), the University of Auckland (1992), Göttingen University (1994), Innsbruck University (1999) and Kobe Pharmaceutical University (2000) and given numerous invited lectures at international conferences and major universities.  He has won the Rennie Medal (1970), H. G. Smith Medal (1993), the A. J. Birch Medal (2003), and the Leighton Medal (2004) of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), and in 1990 was the Liversidge Lecturer of the Royal Society of New South Wales and also the Royal Society of Chemistry Lecturer.  He was President of the RACI in 1998, and was Chair of the National Committee for Chemistry from 1999-2003.

He has been a committee member of the Division of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) (1994-2003), and was Secretary (2000-2001) and  Vice President (2002-2003).  He was elected Secretary General of IUPAC from 2004-2007, and subsequently re-elected for a second four-year term.   From 1993 until 2007, he was Leader of the Joint Selection Team for Australian Development Scholarships for Indonesian postgraduate students.  At UNSW he was Head of the School of Chemistry from 1987-1990, and acting Dean of the Faculty of Science from January to July 1987.  He was Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science and Technology and then the Faculty of Science from 2000-2003.

His research, described in more than 280 publications, has led to the synthesis of new types of organic molecules and the discovery of new synthetic methodologies, especially in heterocyclic chemistry.  He has also written a monograph (with J M Swan) entitled "Organometallics in Organic Synthesis".

Barbara Erazmus


Barbara Erazmus was born in Poland, has obtained a M.Sc. in Lodz, and received a PhD in physics in 1988 in France.

She is involved in the field of relativistic heavy ion interactions which is an interdisciplinary domain including elementary particle physics as well as nuclear physics. She has been appointed to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and affiliated to the laboratory in Nantes. She has pursued her researches at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, United-States.

Since 2011, Barbara Erazmus is a Scientific Associate and long-term visitor at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. She has been deputy chair (2011-2014) of the Editorial Board in charge of publications of the ALICE international collaboration which brings together 1200 members from 131 institutes located in 36 countries.

Barbara Erazmus has published more that 200 papers.

Barbara Erazmus has held leadership positions at leading French institutions. She has worked in the CNRS headquarters in Paris as charge de mission responsible for Hadron physics and as the Deputy Director (2005-2011) of IN2P3 department (Institut National de Physique Nucleaire et de Physique de Particules).

Barbara Erazmus has been in charge of the relations of IN2P3 with universities and regional authorities.

As a Scientific coordinator (2006-2007) at the main French funding agency (ANR) she has been in charge of monitoring the budget allocation to projects funded by ANR.

Barbara Erazmus has served as chair, deputy chair or member of review panels and international committees in Europe and United-States. She is a member of the Academy of Europe and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helsinki Institute of Physics.

Barbara Erazmus has considerable involvement in European Physical Society (EPS) and serves as a member of the High Energy Particle Physics Board.

by Jacinta Legg

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