Taiwanese Biochemist Wins 2012 Nikkei Asia Prize
May 4, 2012
Nikkei Inc.’s 2012 Nikkei Asia Prizes have been awarded to Taiwanese biochemist Chi-Huey Wong, Chinese environmental activist Yang Yong, and Sybil Wettasinghe, a Sri Lankan writer and illustrator.
AsianScientist (May 4, 2012) – Nikkei Inc.’s 2012 Nikkei Asia Prizes have been awarded to Taiwanese biochemist Chi-Huey Wong, Chinese environmental activist Yang Yong, and Sybil Wettasinghe, a Sri Lankan writer and illustrator.
Launched by Nikkei Inc. in 1996, the annual prize recognizes the achievements of people and organizations that have improved the lives of people in Asia in three areas: regional growth; science, technology and innovation; and culture.
The prizes target individuals and groups in northeastern, southeastern, southern and central Asia, excluding Japan. The selection committee is chaired by Shoichiro Toyoda, honorary chairman of Nippon Keidanren.
Winning this year’s Nikkei Prize in the science, technology and innovation category is Dr. Chi-Huey Wong, whose work has opened the way for the development of new vaccines and medicines. Wong, 63, is president of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica and a leading researcher in the field of glycochemistry.
Environmental activist, Yang Yong, 52, is the winner in the regional growth category. Yang has studied ecosystems and water quality along China’s Yangtze River for more than 20 years, working to strengthen environmental conservation in the country.
Finally, Ms. Sybil Wettasinghe, 83, a Sri Lankan writer and illustrator of children’s books, is the recipient in the culture category. Wettasinghe draws inspiration from Sri Lanka’s cultural diversity and natural beauty in her work.
Source: Nikkei Inc.
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