Prof. Ding Zhongli, a Quaternary geologist, is the vice President of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the President of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).
He was born in Shengzhou, Zhejiang Province in 1957. He graduated in 1982 from the Department of Geology, Zhejiang University, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the CAS Institute of Geology (the predecessor of today's CAS Institute of Geology and Geophysics, IGGCAS) in 1988. Prof. Ding served as director of IGGCAS from 2000 to 2007. He was elected a CAS Member in 2005, and Chairman of the Chinese National Committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (CNC-IGBP) in 2008.For the past two decades, Prof. DING focused his research on the Quaternary climate change and associated forcing mechanisms, and made a systematic observation and pedostratigraphic correlation of the loess sequences over the Chinese Loess Plateau, laying a fundamental basis for later studies. For the first time he established a 2.6-Ma orbital timescale of stacked grain-size record for Chinese loess that is highly compatible with marine isotope record. He found that the East-Asian winter monsoon intensity registered in the loess grain-size was in phase with Milankovitch cycles, particularly the 100 ka eccentricity cycle, and that the winter monsoon intensity is closely related to global ice volume changes. His achievements and many innovative results have been published in numerous highly-ranked international journals and are widely cited. He has also contributed to textbooks that have been published in America and England.He has been awarded many prizes, including CAS Award for Nature Sciences and the Achievements Prize from the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation.