WANG Yifang, born in 1963 at Jiangsu Province, obtained his B.Sc degree at Nanjing University in 1984, and Ph.D degree at University of Florence in 1991. He worked subsequently in MIT as a research staff and Stanford University as a research associate. He becomes a Professor at the Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing, China in 2001. He was elected the CAS Academician in 2015.
He is an author of more than 250 scientific papers on neutrino physics, e＋e－ collision physics, cosmic-ray and astrophysics, detector design and construction, methods for data analysis, covering his work in experiments of L3, AMS, Palo Verde, KamLAND and BES.
He led the effort at IHEP for the design and successful construction of the BESIII detector, first of its kind in China, and is elected as the spokesperson of this large international collaboration.
He proposed the Daya Bay neutrino oscillation experiment in China with a detailed detector design and experimental plan, to precisely measure the neutrino mixing angle theta13. He assembled a large international collaboration, and is elected as the co-spokesperson of the experiment.
He was awarded the top ten national science and technology workers in 2012, CCTV Top Ten Technology Innovator in 2012, ZHOU Guangzhao Foundation Award for Basic Sciences in 2013, Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Award for Science and Technology Progress in 2013 , the 2014 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics , the 20th Nikkei Asia Prize (Science, Technology and Environment category) in 2015, the 2016 Fundamental Physics Breakthrough Award for his outstanding contribution to particle physics research.