Guochun Zhao (赵国春)

 

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Professor Guochun Zhao (赵国春) 趙國春

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Professor, Chair of Earth Sciences
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Professor Guochun Zhao (赵国春) 趙國春

Title:
Professor, Chair of Earth Sciences
Professor

Also Cited As:
Zhao, G

Short Biography:

Guochun Zhao is now a Chair Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and the Chair Professor of Changjiang Scholar Scheme in the Department of Geology, Northwest University (Xi’An). Prof. Zhao’s main research fields are metamorphic petrology, Precambrian geology and supercontinents in Earth’s history. Since 1998, he has published 320 SCI papers, cited for more than 45,000 times with h-index = 116

Awards, prizes and honors:

2019: Member (Academician) of Chinese Academy of Science

2018: TWAS Prize in Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences from The World Academy of Science

2017: Thousand Talents Plan (Short Term)

2017: Chair Professorship of Changjiang Scholars Program

2016: 29th Khwarizmi International Award (First Class)

2016: Outstanding Researcher Award of the University of Hong Kong

2014: State Natural Science Award (2nd Class; First Awardee)

2014: Fellow of Geological Society of America

2014-2020: Highly Cited Researchers

2004: The National Science Fund for Distinguished Oversea Young Scholars

Professional Qualifications
Biography

Dr. Guochun Zhao is now a Chair Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and the Chair Professor of Changjiang Scholars Program in the Department of Geology, Northwest University (Xi’An). He earned Bachelor and Master degrees from Changchun University of Earth Sciences (now merged into Jilin University) in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Thereafter, he had worked in Changchun University of Earth Sciences until 1996 when he went to Curtin University to pursue a PhD degree. In 2000, he received his PhD degree with “Outstanding PhD Thesis Award” from Curtin University. 

Prof. Zhao’s main research fields are metamorphic petrology, Precambrian geology and supercontinents in Earth’s history. His main research findings include discoveries of two 1.95-1.85 billion years old Himalaya-type continental collisional belts, named the Khondalite Belt and the Trans-North China Orogen in the North China Craton, and he is the first person to propose that global-scale 2.0-1.8 billion years old collisional events led to the assembly of the pre-Rodinia supercontinent, later named “Columbia or Nuna”. As the Principal Investigator, he undertook a NSFC Major Project entitled “Reconstructions of East Asian continents in Pangea” in which he used geological and Paleomagnetic data to reconstruct the Paleogeographic locations of East Asian blocks from the breakup of supercontinent Rodinia at ~750 Ma to the assembly of supercontinent Pangea at 250-220 Ma. 

Since 1998, Prof. Guochun Zhao has published 350 SCI papers, cited for more than 45,000 times (h-index = 116). Professor Zhao has received many awards, prizes and honors, including State Natural Science Award (2nd Class; First Awardee; 2014), Fellow of Geological Society of America (GSA; 2014), Highly Cited Researcher (2014-2019), Outstanding Researcher Award of the University of Hong Kong (2016), 29th Khwarizmi International Award (First Class; 2016), Chair Professorship of Changjiang Scholars Program (2017), Thousand Talents Plan (Short Term; 2017), TWAS Prize in Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences from The World Academy of Science (2018), and Member (Academician) of Chinese Academy of Science (2019). Professor Zhao is the Editor-in-Chief of Precambrian Research, a leading international journal in earth sciences.

 

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2019-11-01Member (Academician) of Chinese Academy of Science: Chinese Academy of Science, 中国科学院院士, 中国科学院学部
Research Achievement
2018-01-012018 TWAS Prize in Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences: THE WORLD ACADEMY OF SCIENCES for the advancement of science in developing countries
Research Achievement
Li, S.Z.
Zhou, X.M
2018-12-01Natural Science Award (First Class): Ministry of Education, China
Research Achievement
2005-01-01Young Researcher Award: China NSFC, 国家海外杰出青年基金 奖
Research Achievement
Li, SZ
2015-12-01State Natural Science Award (2nd Class; First Awardee): State Council of P.R.China
Research Achievement
2014-08-01Highly Cited Researcher (2014): Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
2014-06-01World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014: Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
2014-04-01Fellow of Geological Society of America (GSA): Geological Society of America (GSA)
Research Achievement
2016-06-01Highly Cited Researcher Award (2015): Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
Li, S
2015-01-01State Natural Science Award (2nd Class; First Awardee): State Council of Peoples' Republic of China
Research Achievement
2016-03-0129th Khwarizmi International Award (First Class, Foreign Section): Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)
Research Achievement
2015-08-01Highly Cited Researcher (2015): Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
2016-08-01Highly Cited Researcher (2016): Thomson Reuters
Research Achievement
2016-12-01Outstanding Researcher Award (ORA): The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2016-12-01Cheung Kong (Changjiang) Chair Professorship: Ministry of Education, P.R. China
Research Achievement
2016-12-01The National Distinguished Expert (Short Term) of The Thousand Talents Plan: Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, China
Research Achievement
2016-12-01Thousand Talents Plan - Innovative Talents Recruitment Program (Short Term): Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, China
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
01/2001 - presentMemberGeological Society of Hong Kong
01/2006 - presentMember of Steering CommitteeInternational Association for Gondwana Research
01/2001 - presentMemberAmerican Geophysical Union
10/2005 - presentMemberChina Chapter of International Association for Gondwana Research
01/2000-12/2001MemberAustralian Geological Society
02/2009 - presentMemberGuangdong Provincial Society for Mineralogy Petrology and Gechemistry
01/2007 - presentMemberMineralogical Society of America
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Precambrian geology前寒武紀地質學
Metamorphic petrology變質岩石學
Geochronology地質年代學
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, Putonghua英語、普通話
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, Chinese英文、中文
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