Chinese Universities Produced No Nobel Prize Winners
Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 30, 2014
Pop quiz, China has been around for 5,000 years and have so much ‘high education’, so how many Nobel Prizes have their Universities produced?
How many International Medals for Outstanding Mathematics?
China is pretty sad all the way around.
The Nobel Prize is a stark example. Since the first science prize was awarded in 1901, not a single person in a Chinese research institution has won. By comparison, as of 2012, Americans and American-educated scientists won about 300 merit-based Nobel Prizes. The only Chinese to win a scientific Nobel Prize received their advanced education in America. It’s possible, but unlikely, that the prize is awarded to insiders or known figures and the Chinese people are just not part of this club; after all, the Chinese consistently submit their work for review.
There are other examples too. Every four years, the International Mathematics Union awards the “International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics,” also known as the Fields Medal, which is generally regarded as the highest honor given to a mathematician.
How many Chinese mathematicians have won the Fields Medal since its inception? Zero.
The real “Shanghai Secret” is that students are doing well in early testing phases but falling behind, and staying behind.
Out of 50 medalists, not a single adult at a Chinese university has won. Ironically, Terence Tao and Shing-Tung Yau, the only medalists of Chinese background, are products of Western academic institutions.