Chapter 573: Ling Yun! Henyee Translations  Henyee Translations Lu Zhou was the one who paid for the two cups of coffee. After thanking Lu Zhou, Professor Keriber left the cafe and took a flight back home. Since Lu Zhou’s body hadn’t fully recovered, he didn’t go to the airport with Keriber. However, he told Wang Peng to send Keriber to the airport. Only time could tell what choices Keriber would make and what choices Europe, as a whole, would make. Nine days after Chinese New Year’s Eve, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, a commendation conference was held for the successful fusion ignition of the controllable demonstration reactor. The conference opened with a brilliant speech by the host and a round of applause. At the commendation conference, the president personally awarded the twenty-six golden 585 commemorative medals and bright red certificates to the researchers who made outstanding contributions to the demonstration reactor project. The president also expressed his gratitude to these researchers who were fighting on the front line of scientific research. In the spring of 1958, the Institute of Atomic Energy of the Chinese Academy of Sciences<sup>1</sup> officially established a study on magnetic confinement fusion, which began the research of controlled fusion. Up to now, there had been more than sixty years of controllable fusion research. It took almost three generations to finally complete this project. The commendation conference was also a perfect ending to this vigorous scientific research project. Academician Li Jiangang was sitting at one of the tables with a golden medal rested against his chest. He wiped his eyes as he said quietly, “Professor, we did it…” He still remembered the year of 1982, when he graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology as a nuclear power major. His original intention was to become an aircraft carrier designer. However, his mentor’s influence completely changed his career, and since then, he had devoted himself to the field of controllable fusion research. Forty years had passed since then. The nuclear power road used to be full of hope, but back then, he couldn’t see an end to this road. He was regretful and sorrowful. However, he persisted without hesitation and gave up his position at the Culham Laboratory in Oxford when his motherland needed him most. He returned to China to continue his controllable fusion research. However, his mentor wasn’t able to see the glory of controllable nuclear fusion anymore. But he believed that if his mentor’s spirit were in heaven, he would definitely be proud of the choices he made today… Academician Wang Zengguang was sitting next to him. He touched the medal on his chest and felt a burst of emotion. “I’ve been in the nuclear power industry my entire life. I never would have imagined that instead of seeing the glory of the fourth generation fission power generator, I was able to witness the collapse of the third generation fission power generator.” Fission reactor was an expensive source of energy. The electricity price was much higher than that of thermal power. It was also much more difficult to deal with its nuclear waste. After China commissioned the Pangu fusion reactor and connected the reactor to the power supply grid, there wouldn’t be any new fission reactor construction plans in China. “Speaking of which, Chief Designer Lu isn’t an academician, right?” Academician Li Jiangang hesitated for a bit and smiled as he said, “The year of 2019 was so busy for him, so he didn’t have time to become an academician.” An academician had to go through two rounds of voting. The academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences would decide based on these two rounds, and this would take up a lot of time. Since Lu Zhou was busy with the controllable fusion project for the entirety of 2019, he obviously didn’t have time to be elected as an academician. Academician Wang suddenly had a thought in his mind. “I’ll vote for him in next year’s election.”