Directors

Jin CHANG

Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Director of the National Astronomical Observatories of CAS (NAOC)

 

Jin CHANG (1966- ), born in Taixing, Jiangsu Province. He graduated from University of Science and Technology of China with master’s degree in June, 1992, and his doctor’s degree is received in July, 2006. At the present, he is the director of Purple Mountain Observatory, the director of National Astronomical Observatories, chairman of the Key Laboratory of Dark Matter and Space Astronomy, director of the School of Astronomy and Space Science of the University of Science and Technology of China. He obtained the title of academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2019.


Jin CHANG have long been engaged in the detections and researches of gamma ray emission and high energy charged particles that come from outer space, and is one of the pioneers for studying space astronomy in China. He created and developed a new technique of detecting high energy cosmic ray electrons. This technique was used in a long-term balloon experiment (ATIC experiment) of America aiming at detecting cosmic rays in Antarctica. Based on the technique, he leaded the DAMPE (also called as “WuKong”) project as the chair scientist. The “WuKong” was successfully launched in December 17, 2019 and it is the very first satellite of China used for astronomical research. Also, this launch marked that China is leading the world at several key techniques and breakthrough on detecting the spectrum of cosmic ray electrons and protons. Furthermore, in order to response for the needs of the major national strategic, Jin CHANG and his team successfully developed gamma ray spectrometers for ShenZhou II, Chang’e I andII.His major awards are: the second prize of National Science and technology progress in 2004(4th toaccomplish), the second prize of National Natural Science Awardin 2012 (accomplished independent), special prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award in 2012(40th to accomplish), National innovation award in 2017, "Science and Technology Progress Award of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation" of 2018 (astronomy), ZHANG Yuzhe award of China Astronomical Associationin 2018, outstanding scientific and technological achievement award of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2018, ten advances in Chinese Science in 2018, science and technology award of China Academy of Space Science (first), etc.