Chinese Prime Minister awarded King Charles II medal

27 June 2011

The Royal Society awarded the King Charles II medal to Mr Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

Premier Wen Jiabao

The Royal Society today awarded the King Charles II medal to Mr Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

The medal was awarded at a special ceremony at the Royal Society, where Premier Wen gave the only speech of his UK visit.

Since taking office in 2003, Premier Wen has overseen one of the most ambitious programmes of national research investment the world has ever seen. Science and technology have been placed at the heart of China’s planning and national development and it is recognised as a common value to human kind through school and university education  

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society speaking at the ceremony said: “Co-operation based on openness, the free exchange of ideas and mutual respect, allows a shared sense of purpose in addressing global problems.  It increases enlightenment and leads to a better quality of life for all.  China and Britain both have long traditions of science and its application.  We have much we can learn from each other and much we can gain from collaboration.”

The King Charles II medal is awarded to foreign Heads of State or Government who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country.


The text of the speeches are now available:

Audio recordings of the event are available in English and Mandarin:

Share this page

Latest news

  • Is a man in red more dominant than a man in blue? 13 May 2015 A paper in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters finds that when it comes to perception it is men dressed in red who are thought of as being more dominant than those wearing blue.
  • Scientists track the hip-hop revolution 06 May 2015 Scientists have teamed up with to analyse the evolution of pop music in America. By approaching the charts with a scientific eye (or ear!) the team have pinpointed the birth of disco, the hip-hop revolution and the lingering death of Jazz and Blues.

For a full archive please see the news pages.

Images of the event

Click on an image to open a larger version

China and the Royal Society

In 2008 the Royal Society produced an exhibition on China and the Royal Society.

Royal Society Publishing

The Royal Society publishes 9 international science journals.