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Tang Prize board member wins Wolf Prize in Chemistry
Central News Agency
2014-01-19 11:15 PM
Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Chi-huey Wong, president of Academia Sinica who was awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry Friday, is a member of the board of the Tang Prize Foundation that seeks to honor top researchers in the fields of sustainable development, biomedicine, sinology and the rule of law. The Wolf Prize has international prestige. In the sciences it is considered second in importance only to the Nobel Prize. Over 33 Wolf Prize recipients have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in the fields of science honored by both prizes -- medicine, physics and chemistry. The Tang Prize, established by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin in December 2012, will announce the winners for the first time on June 18, with the awarding ceremony taking place three months later, on Sept. 18, a spokesperson for the foundation said Sunday. Up to three recipients can share the NT$50 million (US$1.66 million) cash prize in each of the four categories, said the spokesperson. The prize will be awarded every two years. Academia Sinica which Wong heads has been commissioned to select Tang Prize winners from among researchers irrespective of their nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. "Substantive contributions to the global community and academic influences the candidates exert on the world will be the main criteria for awarding the winners," said the foundation spokesperson. (By S.C. Chang)
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