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Workshop “Opportunities and challenges of Vietnam’s physic and materials science sector” marks 80th birthday of Academic and Professor Nguyen Van Hieu (July 21, 1938 – July 21, 2018)

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Academic and Professor Nguyen Van Hieu, former Party Central Committee member, former Head of the Vietnam Institute for Science, and former Director of the National Center for Technological and Natural Science, is a manager who has strategic vision and devotes his life to scientific research, always thinks of solutions to the development of the national science. Being a leading Vietnamese scientist, especially in physics and materials science, he is considered a scientific monument belonging to the generation of leading scientists of Vietnamese science. To recognize his lifetime contributions to the national science, and show respect over Academic and Professor Nguyen Van Hieu, on July 21, 2018, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Materials Sciences solemnly held a workshop “Opportunities and challenges of Vietnam’s physic and materials science sector” to mark his 80th birthday (July 21).

Attending the workshop were Academic and Professor Chau Van Minh, Party Central Committee member, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and VAST President; two VAST Vice Presidents: Prof. Dr. Phan Ngoc Minh and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Van Kiem; Prof. Dr. Nguyen Quang Liem, VAST Party Committee Standing Deputy Secretary; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Kim Son, Director of Vietnam National University Hanoi; Prof. Nguyen Huu Duc, Deputy Director of the Vietnam National University Hanoi; Mr. Nguyen Quan, Former Minister of Science and Technology; Prof. Patrick Boiron, Rector of the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH); representatives from the Vietnam Physical Society, Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency - Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh city, Hanoi University of Technology, Hanoi National University of Education, together with representatives of leaders and cadres of units under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

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GS.VS. Nguyen Van Hieu at the workshop

Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu was born on July 21st, 1938, in Cau Do, now in Ha Cau Ward - Ha Dong District - Hanoi, in an officer’s family. In 1956, he graduated with an excellent bachelor's degree in physics from the Vietnam National University. In 1960, he was sent to work at the Dubna Institute for Nuclear Research in the former Soviet Union. In April 1963, after more than two years in Dubna, along with the publication of 12 physics works, he defended his doctoral dissertation at the age of 26. In 1968, at the age of 30, he was awarded the title of Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Physics of the Dubna Institute and the University of Lomonosov. In 1969, he returned to Vietnam and became a great contributor to the establishment of the Institute of Physics, Vietnam Academy of Sciences.

In his 60 years of work, Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu has been assigned many different responsibilities by the Party and State, such as Head of Institute of Physics, Head of Institute of Materials Science and Head of the Vietnam Academy of Science. The academic, a prestigious and well-known scientist among domestic and foreign scientist circle, was an academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, and the Third World Academy of Sciences. In addition, He was also the 4th, 5th,6th, 7th and 8th National Assembly deputy. Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu has achieved many successes with his will, energy and eagerness, making remarkable contribution to narrow the science gap between Vietnam and of the world. He has been awarded many domestic and international prestigious scientific awards (Lenin Award for Science and Technology in 1986, Ho Chi Minh Award for Science and Technology in 1996, the first phase).

Apart from internationally well-known works on particle physics, solid theory and photonics physics, Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu is the author, co-author and creator of many applied research projects that have a great impact on the development of the country, such as the Mekong Delta drainage works in the Mekong Delta, malaria prevention using domestic materials. He is also one of the first people to lay foundation for Vietnam space science and technology through the intercosmos program.

As the head of the Vietnam Academy of Sciences and the National Center for Natural Sciences and Technology for many years, Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu has taken care of building key science and technology sectors, from small research units to leading research institutes in the country. Prof. Nguyen Van Hieu is a leader who is dedicated to training the young generation and high level human resources for science and technology. He always encourages and creates favorable conditions for scientific researchers to make full use of their capabilities and contribute to the cause of national construction and defense. With his prestige and talent, Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu has taken the initiative in international cooperation, bringing international friends to Vietnam, thus raising the position of Vietnamese science in the region, as well as in the world.

Although he is not very young, Academic Nguyen Van Hieu is always enthusiastic, caring, and concerned with the development of the national science, the development of the Vietnam Academy of Sciences and Public, as well as the training of young staff and publication information.

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Professor and Academic Chau Van Minh congratulates Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu

On the occasion of Mr. Hieu’s 80th birthday, on behalf of VAST Party Committee, leaders and staff, Professor and Academic Chau Van Minh warmly congratulated and respectfully acknowledged Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu’s contributions, wishing him good health, happiness and continued contribution to VAST in particular and to the country in general, especially the physics - materials science and talent training.

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VAST Party Committee and leaders congratulates Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu

At the workshop, Professor and Academic Nguyen Van Hieu expressed his thanks to VAST leaders, the Vietnam National University Hanoi, and the Ministry of Science and Technology and his colleagues for their love and congratulations on his 80th birthday. He pointed out 2 main components of the opportunities and challenges of the Physics and Materials Science of Vietnam, at the seminar of Academician Nguyen Van Hieu, there are two main parts. The first is the rapid and sustainable growth of the national economy, which creates new opportunities for physics and materials science development. The second part is the challenges for our physics and materials science.

Some photos at the workshop:

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Translated by Phuong Huyen
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