The World Laureate Association (WLA)
Time: 2018-10-29
Source: WLA

The World Laureate Association (WLA), is one of the largest world laureates’ organizations. With world laureates and young scientists at its core, WLA is dedicated to promoting excellence in science and navigating scientific development through expertise of its chemistry, physics, medical science, economics, computer science and mathematics. 

WLA has 148 laureate members, including 62 Nobel Laureates, 23 Wolf Prize Winners, 14 Lasker Award Winners, 7 Turing Award Winners, 6 Fields Medal Winners, 16 Breakthrough Prize Winners, 2 Kyoto Prize Winners, 11 Canada Gairdner International Award Winners, 1 World Food Prize Winner, 3 MacArthur Fellows, and 3 other extraordinary scientists. They cover 80 leading laboratories and research institutions in 25 countries around the world.

The WLA Executive Committee consists of the following iconic figures in the international science community, who stand out for their significant contributions to the development of science. 

Prof. Roger Kornberg, Chairman of WLA, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, the sixth pair of father and son laureates in the history of Nobel Prize, Israel’s National Science Advisor, Scientific Advisor for Russian President Vladimir Putin;

Prof. Steven Chu, Vice Chairman of WLA, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former US Secretary of Energy;

Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Vice Chairman of WLA, 2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Chairman of the Royal Society;

Prof. Ryoji Noyori, Vice Chairman of WLA, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, former Chairman of RIKEN;

Prof. Michael Levitt, Vice Chairman of WLA, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Founder of Computational Chemistry, being praised as “The Most Powerful Brian”;

Prof. Randy Schekman, Vice Chairman of WLA, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, former Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The WLA has gathered the following leading figures in the scientific originality:

Prof. Barry Sharpless, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, the founder of Click Chemistry, probably will win his second Nobel prize soon;

Prof. Eric Maskin, 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics, laid the foundation of mechanism design theory;

Prof. Allen Bard, winner of the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, father of modern electrochemistry;

Prof. Alexander Levitzki, winner of the 2005 Wolf Prize in Medicine, pioneer of signal transduction therapy;

Prof. Martin Hellman, winner of the 2015 Turing Award, invented asymmetric public-key cryptography;

Prof. Jin-Quan Yu, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, pioneered new methods for the catalysis and functionalization of C-H.

WLA has brought together the following phenomenal figures in the world scientific frontiers, leading the trend of cutting-edge technologies:

Prof. Edvard Moser and Prof. May-Britt Moser, pioneers in the field of brain science, the fifth Nobel Prize-awarded couples and 2014 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine;

Prof. David Gross, Prof. Frank Wilczek and Prof. Duncan Haldane, pioneers in the field of high-energy physics and quark particle research, two pairs of teacher-students Nobel Laureates (Frank Wilczek is a former student of David Gross; and Duncan Haldane was a former student of Wilczek, also 2016 Nobel Laureates in Physics);

Prof. Arieh Warshel, pioneer in computational chemistry, 2013 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry;

Prof. William Moerner and Prof. Stefan Hell, pioneers in super-resolved fluorescence microscopy and 2014 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry.

WLA’s vision is to bring together the smartest brains in the world and to build a scientific and technological community of share future for mankind. WLA’s mission has always been advocating for science worldwide, and promoting the growth of young scientists and cross-border scientific cooperation.

Held under the theme “Science and Technology, for the Common Destiny of Mankind”, the World Laureates Forum (WLF) initiated by WLA, is the highest-profile scientific conference in Asia and the foremost global scientific gathering of prize-winners. This annual Forum brings together laureates of the Nobel Prize, Wolf Prize, Lasker Award, Turing Award, MacArthur Fellowship and Fields Medal, as well as hundreds of academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering and outstanding young scientists worldwide.

On October 29th, 2019, Xi Jinping, President of PRC, sent a congratulatory letter to the 2nd WLF. Meanwhile, Roger Kornberg, WLA Chairman and Li Qiang, Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee unveiled the WLA Shanghai Center.