Song is one of the major science and technology policy makers in
China. He, serving as Chairman of the Science-Technology Commission
of China in the capacity of Vice-Premier (1985-1998), initiated
the reform and opening up of S & T policy across the country.
Currently, he is Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Peoples Political
Consultative Conference, and President of the Chinese Academy of
Engineering. He holds a degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. (Candidate
of Science) from MBTY, Moscow, and a Doctor of Science Degree from
the Moscow National Technical University. He is a member of China's
Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the National Academy
of Engineering (US), Russian Academy of Sciences, Swedish Royal
Academy of Technical Sciences (IVA), and others.
the last four decades he has made significant contributions to an
array of disciplines. Dr. Song led the program design and the launching
and positioning of the countrys first telecommunications satellites.
He was responsible for initiating and conducting the nation's Sparks
Program", which aimed at alleviating rural poverty and developing
rural/township enterprises throughout China. He has also initiated
and guided the nation's Torch Program, which spearheaded
the development of high tech industries through the establishment
of 53 science parks across China.
Song has authored, co-authored, or edited 11 books and has written
and published approximately one hundred scientific articles. He
has received numerous National Awards on Contribution to Science-Technology
development and accomplishments in Engineering Sciences and Mathematics.
He has also received the Albert Einstein Award (1987), which is
the highest recognition by the International Association for Mathematical
Modeling for individual science achievements.