NanoTech Director Honored by Chinese Scholars

President of Nankai University Bestows Top Distinction on Dr. Ray Baughman

May 13, 2010

In a ceremony held recently at Nankai University, in Tianjin City, China, Dr. Ray Baughman received the university’s highest honorary title. 

The university lauded Baughman’s achievements in the field of nanotechnology, including the development of artificial muscles based on carbon nanotubes, by making him a Yang Shixian Professor.

Baughman is a Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry and director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute at UT Dallas.  He was recognized for the appointment by Nankai University President Zihe Rao. 

Baughman is in esteemed company with the honorary professorship. Nankai University has conferred such professorships on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Nobel laureates Chen Ning Yang and Samuel Chao Chung Ting, among others.  Recipients of the title may deliver lectures and speeches and work in conjunction with the university’s faculty.

“The honor is recognition of Baughman’s path-breaking discoveries in the use of carbon nanotubes, including applications as artificial muscles,” said Dr. Myron Salamon, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  “UT Dallas is indeed honored to be Professor Baughman's home institution.  He personifies our quest to achieve national prominence.”

The professorship was named for Dr. Yang Shixian, a chemist who served as president of Nankai University.  He was educated at Cornell University and Yale University.  Chemists credit him with laying the foundation for chemical research in China.

“I am very excited by the opportunities resulting from becoming a holder of the honorable Yang Shixian Professorship,” Baughman said.  “It presents an opportunity to collaborate with giants in science and technology at Nankai University to provide scientific breakthroughs that help solve some of humankind’s most challenging and pressing technological problems.”

The professorship adds to Baughman’s career achievements that include election to the National Academy of Engineering and receiving the Kapitza Medal of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.

Nankai University, located in Dallas’ sister city of Tianjin City, China, offers degrees in natural sciences, technology, life sciences, medicine and arts and humanities.  The university has more than 1,500 faculty and 27,800 students.

“I welcome the opportunity to help strengthen scientific, technological and business relationships between Dallas and its sister city Tianjin, which is the fifth-largest city in China and the home to Nankai University,” Baughman said.


Media Contact: Brandon V. Webb, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, Brandon.webb@utdallas.edu
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Dr. Ray Baughman accepts award

Dr. Ray Baughman (left) had the title of Yang Shixian Professor conferred on him by Nankai University President Zihe Rao.

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