Oct 05, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on Women excel at Tang Prize awards
The high number of women receiving Tang Prize awards indicates that women perform at a high level in their chosen fields, Chen Jenn-chuan (???), CEO of the Tang Prize Foundation, said on Wednesday.
The biennial Tang Prize, first awarded in 2014, honors people with outstanding contributions in the fields of sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, Sinology and the rule of law.
Chen noted that four women have won Tang prizes at the two Tang Prize award ceremonies, accounting for 36 percent of the 11 winners.
Two female scientists -- Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna -- shared the Tang Prize in biopharmaceutical science with Feng Zhang (??) at the second Tang Prize award ceremony on Sept. 25.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland received the Tang Prize for sustainable development at the first awards, while another woman, Louise Arbour, won this year's Tang Prize in the rule of law category, Chen said.
In comparison, of about 900 Nobel laureates awarded since 1901, only 48 have been women, accounting for 5.33 percent of the total.
Chen also said that this year's winner of the Tang Prize in Sinology, 97-year-old William Theodore de Bary, who is still teaching and engaged in research, surpassed the record of Leonid Hurwicz, who won a Nobel Prize in Economics at the age of 90.
Chen noted that the Tang Prize and Nobel Prize are both awards that reward important contributions to human development.
The Tang Prize was founded by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin (???) in 2012 to complement the Nobel Prize.
Winners in each of the four prize categories receive the full amount or a share of the NT$40 million (US$1.27 million) cash prize and research grant of up to NT$10 million to be used within five years.