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Taiwanese astrophysicist awarded prestigious research chair

2018/11/01 19:36:34

Photo courtesy of National Taiwan University

Taipei, Nov. 1 (CNA) Chen Pi-sin (陳丕燊), a professor from National Taiwan University (NTU), has become the first astrophysicist from Taiwan to receive an International Blaise Pascal Research Chair, according to NTU on Thursday.

Chen, who is currently director of the Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics at NTU, said the chair will enable him to continue his research on black hole simulation to learn whether information is lost as a black hole evaporates.

He added that the experiment was designed and presented with Gérard Mourou, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

As the first Taiwanese to claim the prize, Chen will further his research on black holes at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, NTU said.

According to its official website, the Blaise Pascal Chair was established in 1996 and is funded by the Île de France region which invites foreign researchers to research institutions in the region.

Of more than 90 chair recipients over the years, five have been Nobel Prize winners.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Chi Jo-yao)