CNNC and Chinese Institute for Atomic Energy (CIAE)

The China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is a large State-owned enterprise under direct management by the central government. It successfully built the first nuclear power plant in the Chinese mainland. CNNC has established a complete nuclear technology industry framework. It is a main part of the national nuclear technology industry and a leading element of national strategic nuclear forces and nuclear energy development. It undertakes missions to ensure national security and facilitate domestic economic development.


China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE), originating from The Institute of Modern Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences, was founded in 1950. CIAE is the cradle of nuclear science and technology in China, and also a comprehensive R&D base which is in a leading, fundamental and forward looking position in nuclear field. Seven of the 23 great medalists of “Two Bombs and One Satellite” Distinguished Achievements once worked at CIAE. More than 60 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering once worked at CIAE. More than 10 important domestic institutions and factories in the nuclear field were derived from CIAE. It now has a total staff of 3000, including 5 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, Wang Fangding, Wang Naiyan, Zhang Huanqiao, Ruan Keqiang,Xu mi, over 140 Ph.D tutors and 180 Master tutors, about 1000 senior researchers and engineers.