Yifang Wang
  • 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics


Chinese physicist. An elementary particle and accelerator physicist. Director of the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He received the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics for “the fundamental discovery and exploration of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the Standard Model of particle physics.”

Education and Work Experience

1984, Bachelor’s degree, Nanjing University
1992, Ph.D. in High Energy Physics, University of Florence
2011-Present, Director of IHEP, Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2017-Present, Director, School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Honors and Awards

2014, Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics 2015, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences
2016, Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
2019, Future Science Prize in Physical Science

Major Academic Achievements

His research interests include neutrino physics, e+ e- collision physics, cosmic rays, astrophysics, detector design and construction, and methods for data analysis. He has been involved in a number of international experiments, including L3, AMS, Palo Verde, KamLAND, and BES. At IHEP, he led the effort for the design and successful construction of the BESIII detector. He led the Daya Bay neutrino oscillation experiment in China, which precisely measured the neutrino mixing angle theta13.