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Peking University professors Fang Jingyun and Xie Tao elected as foreign academicians of Academia Europaea
Aug 02, 2022
Peking University, August 2, 2022: The Academia Europaea, also known as the Academy of Europe, recently issued the election to new membership in the 2022 nomination cycle. Professor Fang Jingyun and Professor Xie Tao from Peking University have been elected as foreign academicians.

Fang Jingyun

Professors Fang Jingyun, Boya Chair Professor of PKU, leads a spearheading research team in evolutionary biology, vegetation biodiversity, and ecological remote sensing. With more than 430 papers published, including 18 in Science, Nature, and PNAS, which have altogether accumulated over 40,000 citations, the prestigious scientist has won a number of national and international awards. As the founder of terrestrial carbon cycle research in China, Professor Fang has also been dedicated to transforming theoretical achievements into practical technology and policies.

Xie Tao

Professor Xie Tao, chair professor of PKU, has been a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and China Computer Federation (CCF). Having made influential contributions in software engineering, system software and trusted artificial intelligence, Professor Xie Tao has been honored with the NSF CAREER Award, the ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE TCSE Distinguished Service Award, and many other titles. Professor Xie’s research has had a profound impact on the software industry, including the Pex testing system, which was designed collaboratively with Microsoft Research. Professor Xie has also won multiple awards from Google, Facebook and IBM in recognition of his noteworthy work. 

The Academia Europaea, founded in 1988, is recognized as one of the most academically inclusive and internationally influential organizations in the world. The Academy membership features eminent scholars mainly elected from academicians of the European countries, who are representing the top-tier academic attainments in exact sciences, life sciences, humanities, and social and related sciences. Foreign academicians, making up fewer than 5% of its total membership, are designated to honor those outstanding scientists who have established a long-term and tight-knit cooperation with Europe. 

The current membership of the Academia Europaea stands at nearly 5,500. Among them, around 90 are Nobel laureates.

Written by: Feng Liyuan
Edited by: Meng Bin
Source: PKU News (Chinese