AsianScientist (May 23, 2022) – Asian Scientist Magazine has published the seventh edition of the Asian Scientist 100 (2022 edition), an annual collection of the region’s top scientific talent. From understanding neurobiology behind depression to developing next-generation solar cell technology, the accomplished researchers and innovators on this year’s list have overcome the world’s greatest challenges.
As we move through the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening effects of climate change, Asia’s brightest people in STEM are working fervently towards meeting the 2030 UN Sustainable Development agenda—making great strides towards specific goals like clean water, clean energy and climate action.
In particular, efforts in the basic sciences received much-deserved attention this year from numerous awarding institutions as basic and applied research sectors came together to help communities live better and safer lives. Featuring trailblazers and rising stars from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam—this year’s honorees are redefining frontiers in science and its impact on Asian society.
This year’s list includes pioneers like Gu Songfen, who designed China’s first high-speed, high-altitude fighter jets and Dr. Simon Sze from Taiwan, whose research laid the foundation for modern semiconductor advancements.
When it comes to achieving sustainability in all its forms, honorees span both experienced trailblazers and upcoming young scientists across multiple fields of research. In Japan, Professor Kyoko Nozaki, a world-leader in synthetic chemistry, works towards fuel efficiency without harsh chemicals. A rising star in the realm of environmental sciences, Indonesia’s Dian Burhani is listed for her exploration of green alternatives to mask materials. In the Philippines, Professor emeritus Guillermo Q. Tabios III was honored for his cross-disciplinary work linking policy and sustainable engineering.
To be included on the list, honorees must have been awarded a national or international prize in 2021. Alternatively, they must have achieved a significant accomplishment in scientific discovery or leadership that advances scientific enterprise. With the annual celebration of Asia’s scientific achievements, Asian Scientist Magazine hopes to inspire a new generation of young researchers.
“For seven years in a row, we have been shining a light on Asia’s diverse scientific community, which continues to do brilliant and urgent research, tackling some of society’s most pressing issues and making this world a better place for us all,” said Dr. Juliana Chan, CEO and publisher of Asian Scientist Magazine.
The list, in no order of merit, is available online here.
Illustration: Ajun Chuah/Asian Scientist Magazine.
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