China’s 2009 State Scientific and Technological Awards Ceremony was held in Beijing on Jan 11, 2010. China’s top leaders including President Hu Jintao, Premier Wenjiabao and prominent scientists attended the gathering at the Great Hall of the People. Ding Kuiling and his group members won the second-class State Award for Natural Sciences for their contribution to the “Development of New Types of Chiral Catalysts for Asymmetric Reactions Based on Combinatorial Chemistry Approach and Molecular Assembly Strategy”. Ding Kuiling attended the ceremony on behalf of his research team.
The State Scientific and Technological Awards include the top Science and Technology Award, the State Award for Natural Sciences, the State Award for Technological Innovation, the State Award for Advancement of Technology, and the State Award for International Science and Technology Cooperation, honoring those who have made major breakthroughs in the frontiers of contemporary sciences and technologies; outstanding contributions to push both fields forward; or those who created tremendous economic or social benefits through scientific and technological innovations, transfer of scientific and technological achievements, and industrialization of high technologies. Twenty-eight projects won prizes in the State Awards for Natural Sciences this year.