Tang Prize to hold award ceremony Sept. 25

The winners of the second Tang Prize Awards will be honored at an award ceremony in Taipei on Sept. 25 in recognition of their achievements in diverse fields that complement those honored by the Nobel Prize.

The award ceremony, being held at the National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, will be broadcast live by China Television Company and streamed live on YouTube (https://youtu.be/NR4A1OtHwuw).

A series of events coinciding with the award ceremony will be held starting on Thursday to further highlight the achievements of this year's laureates.

The Tang Prize Week will consist of lectures from the laureates and their representatives at universities and high schools around Taiwan and also include exhibitions, a banquet and a concert by the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

The Tang Prize was founded by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin to complement the Nobel Prize and recognize achievements in the fields of sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, Sinology and the rule of law.

The first Tang Prizes were awarded in 2014.

This year's laureates are Arthur H. Rosenfeld, former commissioner of the California Energy Commission, who won the prize for sustainable development; Jennifer A. Doudna and Feng Zhang (??) of the United States, and Emmanuelle Charpentier of France, who shared the prize for biopharmaceutical science; American scholar William Theodore de Bary, who won the prize for Sinology; and Louise Arbour, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who won the prize for rule of law.

The laureates in each of the four prize categories will either individually receive or share (if there is more than one winner in the category) a cash prize of NT$40 million (US$1.27 million) and a research grant of up to NT$10 million to be used within five years.

All of the laureates will be in Taiwan for the ceremony and the Tang Prize Week except for Rosenfeld and de Bary due to their health. Rosenfeld, 90, and de Bary, 97, will be represented by scientist Ashok Gadgil and Dr. Rachel E. Chung of Columbia University, respectively.

Similar to the Nobel Prize, nominations for the Tang Prize are by invitation only.

Winners of the Tang Prize are selected by panels of judges convened by Academia Sinica, Taiwan's leading research institution, that are comprised of prominent researchers and scholars from Taiwan and abroad, including Nobel laureates.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel