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Two Honored, Other Prizes Go Unclaimed

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Science  02 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5509, pp. 1680-1681
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5509.1680b

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BEIJING-- China's newest--and by far richest--prize for lifetime scientific achievement was awarded last week to a mathematician and an agronomist. But the gala state celebration on 19 February was dampened by evidence of how far the country's research community still must go to compete globally: First place in two other major categories of scientific achievement went unclaimed after officials decided that no researchers were worthy of the honor.