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Bill Gates receives top science honor in China
November 28, 2017, 10:29 am

Bill Gates has dedicated millions to helping farmers around the world with new farming innovations. In this file photo, new research by scientists at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) shows that China consumed 162,000 tons of antibiotics in 2013, or more than half of the global total. About 52 percent was used on livestock and 48 percent by humans. More than 50,000 tons ended up in the water and soil [Xinhua]

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and at one time the richest man in the world, was honored with one of China’s highest academic honors on Monday.

The Chinese Academy of Engineering, a state body and of the two leading advisory think tanks, elected Gates among 18 foreign academics for lifetime membership in the organization.

He is the only non-academic picked to the membership which is usually focused on scientists and engineers.

The 18 were chosen from a list of over 500 candidates and will be expected to inspire and work with young people to innovate in the scientific and social sciences fields.

Since leaving Microsoft’s role of Chairman in 2014, Gates has dedicated his time to charity and development work. He has recently been involved in building a “smart city” in Arizona and Toronto, Canada.

He has also donated millions to vaccination drives around the world, including in Uttar Pradesh in India.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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