Professor Fujia Yang, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was an internationally renowned nuclear physicist who served as the sixth Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, one of the United Kingdom’s leading research universities, and vice chairman of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology.
Born in Shanghai, Yang graduated from Fudan University in 1958 with a degree in physics. He went from his initial appointment as a teaching assistant, to a professorial chair in physics, to the presidency of the University of Fudan from 1993 to 1999. He served as director of the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1987 to 2001, was chairman of the Shanghai Science and Technology Association from 1992 to 1996 and was the founding president of the Association of University Presidents of China from 1997 to 1999.
Yang’s work has taken him to positions around the globe, including visiting professorships at the Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Rutgers University and Tokyo University.
Yang served as a council member representing China on the Association of East Asia Research Universities and was a member of the International Association of University Presidents and the Association of University Presidents of the Pacific Rim. He holds honorary degrees from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan; the State University of New York; the University of Hong Kong; the University of Nottingham; and the University of Connecticut.