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Inaugural Tang Prize winners for 2014 announced

Jun 21, 2014 17:17 IST

Tang Prize Foundation announced the inaugural Tang Prizes on 18 June 2014. The Prize will be given in four categories of Sustainable Development, Sinology, Biopharmaceutical Science and The Rule of Law.

Tang Prize 2014 winners
Sustainable Development - Gro Harlem Brundtland former Premier of Norway
She was awarded for her innovation, leadership and implementation of sustainable development that laid out the scientific and technical challenges.
Sinology – Chinese American, Historian Yu Ying-shih
He was awarded for his mastery of and insight into Chinese intellectual, political, and cultural history with an emphasis on his profound research into the history of public intellectuals in China.
Biopharmaceutical Science - James P Allison of US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan
They were awarded for their discoveries of CTLA-4 and PD-1 as immune inhibitory molecules, revealing ways to harness our incredibly powerful immune system to fight cancer and marking the beginning of the immunotherapy revolution.
The Rule of Law - Albie Sachs, former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
He was awarded for his contributions to human rights and justice around the world.  He is a lawyer and human rights activist who spent his lifetime fighting apartheid, helped write the new Constitution of South Africa.

About Tang Prize
Taiwanese Business Magnate, Samuel Yin founded Tang Prize Foundation in December 2012. The Tang prize is the first international academic award to be based in Taiwan and commenced its inaugural year in 2014.

The prize is awarded biennially. Each category conferred carries a cash prize of 40 million New Taiwan dollar (NT$) and a research grant of 10 million New Taiwan dollar.  The aim of the prize is to continue to innovate while cultivating and nurturing new talent in their respective fields.

The prize encourages a more holistic and cross-disciplinary approach to reflect the new challenges humanity faces in modern complicated world. The Prize covers the categories which are not included in the Nobel Prize.

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