Global Talent Program Scholar Isao Tanihata was Honored Foreign Membership of Academia Europaea

In June, 2016, Professor Isao Tanihata, scholar of the Global Talent Program at Beihang University, received the invitation to accept membership of the Physics & Engineering Sciences Section of the Academia Europaea.

Professor Isao Tanihata’s major contributions are in the investigation on the structure of nuclear halos and the development of fast-beam fragmentation for production and study of radioactive nuclei. He has published more than 340 papers in the fields of nuclear astrophysics, radiation beam apparatus, high-energy heavy-ion collisions, and technical detector developments, including more than 20 papers in Physical Review Letters. His papers have been cited in total more than 17700 times, with pioneering work on halo nucleus cited more than 1800 times, h-index 64. He received various honors including Nishina Prize (Nishina Memorial Foundation, 1989), Fellow of American Physical Society (1994), the GSI Exotic Nuclei Community Membership Award (GSI Germany, 2000), and Humboldt Scientific Award  (Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 2011). He holds positions in a number of international agencies, academic organizations and committees. Currently, he is the spokesperson of the largest, now under construction, fragment separator SuperFRS collaboration.

Professor Isao Tanihata joined Beihang University in 2011, and is director of both Center for Nuclear Science and Technology and International Research Center for Nuclei and Particles in the Cosmos (IRCNPC), committed to basic research in space physics such as nuclear astrophysics and radioactive beams based on domestic and international large scientific structures. With the joining-in of nuclear astrophysics theorist, Tokyo University Professor T. Kajino as Global Talent Program scholar in 2016, the top research team now has 2 experts of Global Talent 1000 Program, 2 professors including one from Zhuoyue Program, and 5 associate professors. Holding key research project of the Natural Science Foundation of China, as well as state key research and development projects, the team is one of the main participants of the “13th five-year plan” high energy segment of the national large scientific facilities HIAF and the world’s largest nuclear science facility FAIR’s SuperFRS separator. In 2014, based on the Heavy Ion Accelerator Laboratory in Lanzhou (HIRFL), the team set up a nuclear charge radius measurement platform (only Germany and Japan have similar platforms), carrying out in-depth research in areas such as nuclear reactions, spatial propagation of cosmic rays and the origin of heavy elements.

Founded in 1988, on the initiative of the UK's Royal Society Academia Europaea is the only Europe-wide Academy with individual membership (3400) from Council of Europe states and other nations across the world. An organization of eminent, individual scientists and scholars, covering the full range of academic disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and science and technology, the Academy organizes meetings and workshops, provides scientific and scholarly advice (one of the 5 pan-European organizations recently invited by the European Commission to participate in the new Scientific Advice Mechanism - SAM) and publishes the ‘European Review’.