Kuo-Nan Liou, distinguished professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at UCLA and director of the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, has been elected a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for his scientific achievements and contributions to the promotion of the development of science and technology in China.

Established in 1949, the Chinese Academy of Sciences is one of the world’s largest research institutions and a central component of the government’s effort to utilize science and technology to improve conditions around the world. In addition to Liou’s discoveries regarding how the depolarization principle applies to ice crystals, radiative transfer theory and satellite remote sensing, he is best known for his books on atmospheric radiation, two of which have been translated into Chinese.

Liou will attend the Academy’s 19th General Assembly in Beijing to receive his certificate of foreign membership next June.