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Women scientists celebrate 100 years of success

01-18-2011 18:54 BJT

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It has been 100 years since the first Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to Marie Curie. The United Nations is marking 2011 as the International year for Chemistry and in Britain, the Royal society for Chemistry is aiming to bring women working in the field together. Shen Le caught up with one such group in China's capital Beijing.

Exactly a century ago, Polish born Marie Curie, worked in France and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her contribution to the discovery of radium and polonium.

Her story has inspired generations of women scientists and her journey highlights what women who embark on scientific careers can achieve.

In order to remember her and others' work, the UK Royal Society of Chemistry has invited Chinese women scientists to participate in a global handshake with their peers in other parts of the world.

Richard Pike, CEO of UK Royal Society of Chemistry, said, "China provides great partnership opportunities for the RSC. More than one hundred and sixty thousand chemistry papers were published last year, that's sixty thousand more than the nearest subject, which is physics."

A video link enabled Chinese and Australian chemists to share their common aspirations.

Professor Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, University of Hong Kong, said, "I really admire our colleagues in Brisbane for their efforts in this event, despite the bad weather."

For a fledgling research student like Shi Huimin, Chemistry is by no means an easy career.

Shi Huimin, Research Student of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, said, "Choosing chemistry as your career means you should have perseverance. The road ahead is still long, the scenery is also unknown, but the future is in hour hands."

"Video footage of today’s event here in Beijing, London and elsewhere in the world will be shown at the official launch of the International Year of Chemistry in Paris later this month. The organizers hope by doing so, women scientists around the world will find inspiration from each other’s experience. Shen Le, CCTV, Beijing."

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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