The Hubei Province, P.R. China, has presented Luuk Koopal, retired UHD and guest professor of Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter, its prestigious ‘Chime Bell Prize’ in recognition of his excellent contribution to the quality of research and education of Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, in the field of soil chemistry and environmental science over the past 10 years.
Hubei Governor, Wang Xiaodong, awarded Luuk the honor during the Sept. 29, 2016 ceremony in Hubei’s capital city, Wuhan. The ceremony was part of a weeklong national celebration of the People’s Republic of China’s 67th anniversary.
The Chime Bell Prize was founded by the Hubei Provincial Government in 1994, aiming to encourage and reward the foreign experts who make outstanding contributions in the economic and social developments in Hubei Province. The award is named for Hubei’s most prized artifact: a 2400-year-old, 5000-pound set of 65 bronze bells unearthed in the province in 1978. It is the highest honor for foreign experts in Hubei Province.