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The Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Ding Zhaozhong at Yat-sen Forum Again to Analyze the Latest Development of the AMS Experiment

Last updated : 2016-12-26
Written by: School of Physics and Astronomy
Translated by: Translated by: He Huimin

On the morning of November 9th, right before the 92nd anniversary of our university, the Yat-sen Forum was held by School of Physics and Astronomy and School of Physics at the Swasey Hall, South Campus. Mr. Ding Zhaozhong, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, a physics professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and academician of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, was invited again to address on the latest development of the AMS experiment at the International Space Station. Zhu Xiping, Vice President of SYSU, was present to host the forum. 
Zhu Xiping, Vice President of SYSU, hosting the forum
Vice President Zhu Xiping introduced Prof. Ding’s experience of scientific research, prominent achievements and his project cooperation with our university for years in detail. Mr. Zhu mentioned that Prof. Ding visited our school for several times and gave academic speeches and instructions since October 11th, 2003 when he visited SYSU for the first time and invited us to take part in the AMS experiment. In 2004, Ding was hired by SYSU as an honorary professor. He then accepted dozens of researchers from SYSU to study at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and to attend the activities including developing and debugging AMS devices, monitoring AMS in-orbit operation and processing AMS data. In addition, Prof. Ding also encouraged undergraduates to join in CERN training on summer vacation, contributing to cultivating excellent researchers for SYSU.

Prof. Ding giving an academic speech on the latest development of the AMS experiment at the International Space Station
In his speech, Prof. Ding introduced the AMS experiment, a major international cooperation project presided over by him. He explained in depth the latest development of the AMS experiment at the International Space Station by quoting a number of experiment data and physical conclusions acquired by AMS detection. He also predicted that the AMS experiment would at least continue to the year 2024 and the updated experiment results would bring us new knowledge about the space. Prof. Ding said that many modern experiment results deviated from the previous goals, but led to unexpected discoveries, which was the real charm of scientific research. He also talked about his own insights into scientific research by combining his research experience with rich life experience. He concluded that the majority was subordinate to the minority in the field of science, and only if the latter overturned the ideas of the former could science move forward. He also pointed out that the most important goal of AMS was to detect the unknown and explore the phenomena existing in nature which were impossible to be imagined and has not been discovered yet. According to Prof. Ding, the study on natural science is a competitive field in which only “the first” wins. 
Swasey Hall filled with audience

Prof. Ding interacting with the teachers and students
In the lecture, the students gave Prof. Ding a big round of applause for his humorous speech and vivid expression. After the lecture, he interacted with the teachers and students and answered their questions. This prestigious professor visited SYSU again in his eighties from a long distance and shared his understanding of science. What impresses us is not only the notable success of Prof. Ding in scientific research, but also his lifelong enthusiasm and perseverance to scientific undertakings.

 Mr. Ding and his wife taking photos with teachers, students and staff


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