data-content=/"/t/t/t/tHenry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger, May 27, 1923) is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. For his actions negotiating the ceasefire in Vietnam (though never realised), Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. After his term, his advice has still been sought by many subsequent U.S. presidents and other world leaders./t/tA proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of d/u00e9tente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Kissinger's Realpolitik resulted in controversial policies such as CIA involvement in Chile and U.S. support for Pakistan, despite its genocidal actions during the Bangladesh War. He is the founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. Kissinger has been a prolific author of books on politics and international relations with over one dozen books authored. Some scholars have ranked Kissinger as the most effective U.S. Secretary of State in the last 50 years./t/" onclick=
Prof. Robert Curl is a world renowned Chemist. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of the nanomaterial buckminsterfullerene. Prof. Curl has been a Professor at Rice University’s Department of Chemistry. He devoted all his life to the study of carbon nano-materials and others related elements. Prof. Curl has published a large number of world-class papers which have been cited over 10.000 times. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he has also won many other international awards. He is a Fellow of the American National Academy of Sciences and an Academician of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger, May 27, 1923) is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. For his actions negotiating the ceasefire in Vietnam (though never realised), Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. After his term, his advice has still been sought by many subsequent U.S. presidents and other world leaders. A proponent of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Kissinger's Realpolitik resulted in controversial policies such as CIA involvement in Chile and U.S. support for Pakistan, despite its genocidal actions during the Bangladesh War. He is the founder and chairman of Kissinger Associates, an international consulting firm. Kissinger has been a prolific author of books on politics and international relations with over one dozen books authored. Some scholars have ranked Kissinger as the most effective U.S. Secretary of State in the last 50 years.
Shiing-Shen Chern (October 26, 1911 – December 3, 2004) was a Chinese-born American mathematician. He is regarded as a leader in geometry and one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century. Chern's work extends over all the traditional fields of differential geometry. It includes areas currently fashionable (the Chern–Simons theory arising from a 1974 paper written jointly with Jim Simons), perennial (the Chern–Weil theory linking curvature invariants to characteristic classes from 1944, after the Allendoerfer–Weil paper of 1943 on the Gauss–Bonnet theorem), the foundational (Chern classes), and some areas such as projective differential geometry and webs that have a lower profile. He published results in integral geometry, value distribution theory of holomorphic functions, and minimal submanifolds. From 2000 to his death, Chern lived in Tianjin and taught at Nankai University. Chern died of heart failure in his home in Tianjin in 2004 at age 93.
Wu Ta-You (27 September 1907 - 4 March 2000) was a Chinese-born atomic and nuclear theoretical physicist (1907–2000) who worked in the Uni ted States, Canada, mainland China, and Taiwan. He has been called the Father of Chinese Physics. Wu was born in Panyu, Guangzhou (Canton). In 1929 he took his undergraduate degree at Nankai University. He moved to the United States for graduate schooling and took a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Michigan in 1933. Dr. Wu returned to China, and between 1934 and 1949 he taught at various institutions there, including Peking University in Beijing, and the National Southwestern Associated University in Kunming. In 1949, the year of the defeat of the Communists over the Nationalists in the Chinese Civil War, Wu fled to Canada. There he headed the Theoretical Physics Division of the National Research Council until 1963. In the late 1960s, he was chair of the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University at Buffalo. After 1962, he held various positions in Taiwan, including President of the Academia Sinica (1983–1994). He continued lecturing into his 90s and died on March 4, 2000.
Romano Prodi (born 9 August 1939) is an Italian politician and economist. He twice served as Prime Minister of Italy, from 17 May 1996 to 21 October 1998 and from 17 May 2006 to 8 May 2008. He was also the tenth President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. A former professor of economics and international advisor to Goldman Sachs, Prodi ran in 1996 as lead candidate of The Olive Tree coalition, winning the general election and serving as Prime Minister of Italy until 1998. Following the victory of his coalition The Union over the House of Freedoms led by Silvio Berlusconi in the April 2006 Italian elections, Prodi took power again.
William S. Cohen spent 31 years in U.S. public service in positions that included mayor of Bangor, Maine; member of Congress in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate; and finally 20th Secretary of Defense, from 1997-2001. In the Senate he served in leadership positions on the Special Committee on Aging, as well as the Armed Services and Governmental Affairs committees, among others. In 1996, President Bill Clinton selected then-Senator Cohen to be Secretary of Defense, the first time in modern US history when a president has chosen an elected official from the other party to be a member of his cabinet.
Secretary Cohen is currently chairman and chief executive officer of The Cohen Group. He serves on the corporate board of CBS, as vice chairman of the US-China Business Council and as a board member of the US-India Business Council. He is also a senior counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition, Secretary Cohen is an advisor to the mayor of the Tianjin Municipal Government and an honorary professor at Nankai University. Born in Bangor, Maine, Secretary Cohen obtained his BA with a Latin major from Bowdoin College in 1962 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University in 1965. He has authored or co-authored twelve books, including five works of non-fiction, five novels and two volumes of poetry.
Muscatelli has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow since 1 October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macroeconomics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Academician in the Learned Societies of the Social Sciences. Anton Muscatelli served on the 2001 and 2008 RAE Panels for Economics and Econometrics. He has served on the Research Grants Board of the ESRC and its International Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society. He has been (2007-10) a special adviser on monetary policy to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee. He has previously acted as consultant to the European Commission and the World Bank. He is a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council which provides funding and oversight of Scotland's Colleges and Universities. From 2008-10 he was Convenor of Universities Scotland and Vice-President of Universities UK. He currently chairs Universities Scotland’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. He has served on a range of Committees, Networks and working groups within Universities UK. He co-chaired, with Sir Richard Lambert, the steering board for the creation of the new National Centre for Universities and Business and was subsequently invited to join its Board of Directors.He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe.
Alberto Bradanini was born in September 7th, 1950. In July 1974, he graduated from University of Roma La Sapienza’s Department of Political Science. After the graduation, he started a Master in Political Science. In the past, he worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Embassy to Venezuela; then he successively held the posts of Italian Consul General to Hong Kong and Italian Ambassador to Iran. He held the posts of Italian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 2013 to 2015.
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam was born in Singapore on 7 February 1940. He received his early education in St Patrick's School and St Joseph's Institution. Dr Tan graduated from the University of Singapore with a First Class Honours Degree in Physics in 1962, and went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained a Master of Science degree. He later obtained a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Adelaide. Dr Tan started his career as a lecturer with the Physics Department of the University of Singapore in 1964, after obtaining his Master of Science degree. He joined the University again as a lecturer with the Department of Mathematics after obtaining his doctorate in 1967. In 1969, he left the University to begin a career in banking with the Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), where he rose to become General Manager. He left OCBC in 1979 to enter politics. Dr Tan was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1979 and was appointed Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Education. From October 1983 to January 1985, Dr Tan served as the Minister for Finance and concurrently as the Minister for Trade and Industry. From January 1985 to December 1991, he served as the Minister for Education. In December 1991, Dr Tan stepped down from the Cabinet to return to the private sector as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OCBC. Dr Tan rejoined the Cabinet in August 1995 and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence. In August 2003, Dr Tan was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence. Dr Tan championed the development of higher education in Singapore as Minister for Education, Minister-in-charge for National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological Institute (1981-1983) and Deputy Prime Minister overseeing higher education (1995-2005). Under Dr Tan’s guidance, university education in Singapore became more globalised and was made accessible to more Singaporeans regardless of their family or financial background. Dr Tan was also part of the trade union movement. He was appointed Chairman of NTUC Investment and Cooperative Committee in 1979 and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NTUC Income from 1980 to 1991. In 1988 Dr Tan was awarded the NTUC Medal of Honour by the National Trade Union Congress. Dr Tan retired from the Cabinet in September 2005 and was appointed Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Private Limited (GIC), Chairman of the National Research Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council, and Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH). In July 2011, Dr Tan stepped down from his positions at the GIC and SPH to contest in the Presidential Election. He was elected on 27 August 2011, and was sworn in as the seventh President of the Republic of Singapore on 1 September 2011. Dr Tan has been conferred numerous honours for his work. He was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal by the New York Foreign Policy Association for his outstanding leadership and service in both the public and private sectors. For his contributions towards Singapore’s development into a global hub of scientific research and education in his earlier roles as Education Minister and subsequently as Chairman of the National Research Foundation, Dr Tan was inducted into the Honorary Senate of the Foundation Lindau Nobelprizewinners Meetings in July 2012. Dr Tan was also awarded the Great Gold Medal by Comenius University (Slovakia) and the King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society of United Kingdom. He has honorary doctorates from the Loughborough University, Murdoch University, The University of Sheffield and The University of Adelaide. Dr Tan married Madam Mary Chee Bee Kiang in 1964. They have four children (three sons and one daughter) and five grandchildren. Career Amongst Honorary Awards 1988 National Trades Union Congress Medal of Honour 1994 Doctor of Science, honoris causa Loughborough University 1995 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Murdoch University 1998 Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, The University of Sheffield 2005 Eminent Alumni Award, NUS 2006 Honorary Fellowship, Singapore Academy of Medicine 2011 New York Foreign Policy Association Medal 2013 Great Gold Medal Comenius University 2014 Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa The University of Adelaide 2014 King Charles ll Medal Royal Society of United Kingdom
Laurent Fabius (born 20 August 1946) is a French Socialist who has been Foreign Minister of France since 16 May 2012. Previously he served as Prime Minister of France from 17 July 1984 to 20 March 1986. He was 37 years old when he was appointed and is, so far, the youngest Prime Minister of the Fifth Republic. He served as Minister of Budget: 1981–1983, Minister of Research and Industry: 1983–1984, Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industry : 2000–2002, Minister of Foreign Affairs : Since May 2012.
Born in Belgium in 1945. Professor of Aegean Civilizations in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Naples Federico II between 1973 and 2002. From February 2002 he is the Counsellor for Artistic Heritage of the President of the Italian Republic. He has studied the antique scripts of the Aegean civilizations (Minoan and Mycenaean) and has assembled the various corpora on Cretan hieroglyphic scripts, Linear A, the Phaestos Disk and Linear B. He has carried out excavations on the island of Crete since 1969, first at Malia and then at Canea and Monastiraki, and currently at Apodoulou, where he was the director of the archaeological mission of the University of Naples Federico II. Author of 72 monographs and 300 scientific articles on Europe, Art History, the Mediterranean civilizations and their history. Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei since 1987, of the Institut de France (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) since 1998, of the Academy of Athens since 1998, of the Accademia Pontaniana (Naples) since 1998, of the Società Nazionale di Scienze, Lettere e Arti of Naples since 1999, of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut since 2002. He was awarded the Gold medal for contributions to science and culture in February 2001 and is Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic since February 2002. He is also Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commander of the British Empire.
Mr. Clause Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. Beyond his outstanding work at the World Economic Forum, Mr. Schwab is also a distinguished scholar in the field of economics and the global economy. Annually, he authors The Global Competitiveness Report, which provides detailed information on the economic conditions of nations worldwide and enhances understanding of key ingredients of economic growth and prosperity.