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The 53rd IMO Prize, WMO’s most prestigious prize, was awarded by the 60th session of the Executive Council (June 2008) to Qin Dahe (China) for his achievements in cryosphere and climate research, his involvement in the preparation of IPCC Scientific Assessments Reports and his contribution to meteorological services at the national and international levels. Qin Dahe is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and of the Third World Academy of Sciences. He was Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration and former Permanent Representative of China with the WMO from 2003 to 2007. As a member of the 1989 International Trans-Antarctic Pole Expedition, he was the first Chinese ever to cross the South Pole.

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Qin Dahe received the Prize in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, on 28 October 2008. The award ceremony was attended by Chinese Vice Premier, Hui Liangyu; WMO President, Alexander Bedritskiy; and WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud.

group photo Award of 53rd IMO Prize: Chinese Vice Premier, Hui Liangyu (centre) with, to his right, WMO President, Alexander Bedritskiy; to his left, WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud and Zheng Guoguang, Permanent Representative of China with WMO; far right, Qin Dahe; and, far left, Elena Manaenkova, Director, WMO Department of Cabinet and External Relations






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