Nobel Laureate in Physics
Chen Ning Yang (CN Yang) is an American Chinese Physicists. In 1957 he won the Nobel Price in Physics with another Chinese scholar. CN Yang has been closely linked with the National University of Singapore to develop a critical pool of super achievers in science. Now, Sakmongkol is not qualified to speak about CN Yang’s accomplishments in Physics. He is interested though in CN Yang’s idea for developing first class minds in science.
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needs talented people; China
- secondly, a good tradition;
- thirdly, the determination and
- fourthly, the financial resources.
The government must adopt key universities under its wing for development. It must increase its investment in them doubled.
The government must re-appraise the salary scales given to scientists in order to free them. CN Yang for example, discovered that unlike American scientists who can concentrate on researches without worries behind, many Chinese professors have to worry about their household work, housing and children. Yang said that if the salary for professors can be increased by 10 folds there will be no worries for them and they'll be able to engage in scientific researches in a more energetic way, and
But at the same time, if and when the government responds favourably to an agenda to create a critical mass of top rate scientists, our students too must be free to develop attitudinal changes. One observation made by CN Yang on Chinese students for example should be noted. The physicist pointed out that Chinese youths lack courage to face challenges. They should learn from their western counterparts in this area. Only by doing so, will their achievements in sciences not be hampered.
Yang said, "China has already possessed the three fundamental elements in what is needed for technology development: First, the talented intellectuals from among whom many excellent youth have already cropped up thanks to the enhancing of quality in education. Secondly, determination, it is a common desire that the government and the masses of people are paying more attention to technology. And Thirdly, better economic conditions, through 20 years' reform and opening up,