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At the top in Chinese Earth Sciences

Posted on 29/04/2011

During an international conference on Craton Formation & Destruction in Beijing in late April 2011, a small reunion was held for three top Chinese Earth Scientists who were trained at RHUL. Prof. Weiming Fan, now Director of Earth Science funding at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Royal Society), came to RHUL twice as an international exchange Royal Society Research Fellow in the 1990s to work on the lithosphere beneath eastern China.  In 1994 the Chinese research group expanded with Yigang Xu (Now Director of IGG Guangzhou) who came to RHUL as a Royal Society PDRA to study the link between chemistry and temperature of mantle rocks from China.  The final member of that trio, Prof Hongfu Zhang (Now Director of a research branch within IGG Beijing) came as a K. C Wong/ORS Scholar to RHUL in 1994 and worked on the Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa. 


(Left to right : Yigang Xu, IGG, Guangzhou; Martin Menzies RHUL, Weiming Fan Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Ming Zhang, Australia (UL graduand) and Hongfu Zhang, IGG, Beijing)

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