AsianScientist (May 11, 2015) – Taiwan’s Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-Huey will receive the 2015 Robert Robinson Award in recognition of his “development of chemical and enzymatic synthesis methods to elucidate the roles of carbohydrates in biology and create new opportunities in medicine.” Along with the award, Wong is invited to deliver lectures at up to four UK universities before May 2016.
Wong was elected president of Academia Sinica in 2006. He is the ninth president of Academia Sinica. He was re-elected to the presidency for a second term in 2010. Wong was the first scholar to develop chemoenzymatic methods for the practical synthesis of oligosaccharides and glycoproteins and also the first scholar to develop an automated method for the synthesis of oligosaccharides.
Recently, Wong’s group has made several important discoveries in the area of glycosciences, including the synthesis of cancer vaccines, sugar chips and advances in anti-viral and anti-bacterial research. Wong has published more than 700 academic research papers, obtained more than 100 patents and published four reference books. He is also a highly cited scientist with an H-index of 101.
The Robert Robinson Award, launched in 1964 by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is awarded for contributions to organic chemistry from a senior researcher. Since 2006, it has been bestowed to one winner every year and up to 2015 there have been a total of 30 winners.
The Royal Society of Chemistry, founded in 1841, is a UK not-for-profit professional body for chemical scientists whose mission aims to advance excellence in the chemical sciences. With a heritage that spans 170 years and 51,000 members, the Royal Society of Chemistry partners with industry and academia to promote collaboration and innovation and also advises governments on policy.
Source: Academia Sinica.
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