On June 20, James Fraser Stoddart, Nobelist, a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was hired as Yang shixian lecture professor of Nankai University. Cao Xuetao, president of Nankai University, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, issued a letter of appointment for Stoddart and presented the school badge and statue of Yang Shixian. Chen Jun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dean of College of Chemistry of Nankai University, presided over the employed ceremony.
President Cao said that "Yang Shixian Lecture" was established in 2005 in commemoration of the former headmaster and the famous chemical educator Yang Shixian. The spirit of President Yang Shixian guides us in pursuit of excellence. What we learn from masters is not only about their knowledge, but also related to how to think about scientific frontier issues, how to grasp the direction of development of discipline, and how to combine cutting edge of subjects and social demands to explore the future. Professor Stoddart was hired as a lecture professor at Nankai University and brought academic reports to lead Nankai's academic activities to a new level. The establishment of the "Yang Shixian Lecture" and the appointment of an internationally renowned chemist as Yang shixian lecture professor are to inherit and carry forward the spirit of Mr. Yang and complete the wishes of him. As a result, the chemistry discipline will soon become one of the world's top-ranking disciplines, and will contribute to China's economy, social development and the human scientific development.
In his speech, Stoddart said that It’s an honor for him to be employed as a Yang shixian lecture professor of Nankai University. He briefly introduced his scientific career and his 54 Chinese students. He particularly mentioned the achievements he had worked with scholars from NKU. He shared his research ideas, priorities and exchanged opinions about Chemical and Engineering Sciences with the teachers and students. He then brought an academic report titled "The Rise and Promise of Artificial Molecular Machines Based on Mechanical Bond".
In the afternoon, Stuart held a discussion with some of the young academic leaders of the College of Chemistry at Chemistry Building.
Sir James Fraser Stoddart was born in Scotland in 1942. He is one of the most outstanding scientists in organic supramolecular chemistry and nanoscience. More than 1,000 his academic papers has been published in the journals Nature, Science, Nature Chem, and PNAS. He owned more than 10 international patents, and his scientific citations rank the top three in the world. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Edinburgh Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the German Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Dutch Royal academy of Arts and Sciences. During more than 40 years of scientific research, he has done more than 1,000 academic invitation reports and successfully trained nearly 400 doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, of whom more than 80 are working at internationally renowned universities. In 2016 won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. In 2017, he was elected as a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.