At the 2016 National Science and Technology Award Conference held in Beijing on Jan. 9, Beijing won 70 out of the all 279 awards, topping the ranking for 17 straight years since the establishment of the award.
Two Chinese scientists from Beijing, academician Zhao Zhongxian and pharmacologist Tu Youyou, won the Preeminent Science and Technology Award, the top award, for their outstanding contributions to scientific and technological innovation.
Beijing also won the top National Natural Science Award and the Grand Prize for National Science and Technology Progress. Among the national high-level awards, Beijing won eight ones, accounting for 61.5 percent of the total, while seven projects were awarded the first prize, covering 58.3 percent of the total, according to Beijing Award Office.
Tu, a researcher at China Academy of Chinese Medical Science, became well-known in China when she won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine for her novel discovery of artemisinin to treat malaria. The medicine now has been used worldwide, saving millions of lives.
Zhao, 75, the youngest winner at the ceremony, was rewarded for his work on superconductivity. As one of the founders of domestic superconductivity research, Zhao has won the first prize for national natural science twice.