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Nobel Laureate Tu Youyou Becomes First Female to Win China’s Top Science Award

By Song Shiqing
Tu Youyou, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, receives her 2016 national Science & Technology Award from President Xi Jinping on Monday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Li Xueren / Xinhua News Agency
Tu Youyou, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, receives her 2016 national Science & Technology Award from President Xi Jinping on Monday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Li Xueren / Xinhua News Agency

Nearly 45 years after the discovery that got her the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2015, pharmacologist Tu Youyou has finally received some official recognition at home, winning China’s top government science award on Monday.

Tu, credited with the discovery of artemisinin to treat malaria, became the first female scientist to win China's top science and technology award. Also winning was physicist Zhao Zhongxian, a leading physicist specializing in superconductive materials.

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