2020 Tang Prize winners to be named this week

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TAIPEI (CNA) — Winners of the fourth Tang Prize, one the most prestigious honors in Asia, will be revealed later this week, the Tang Prize Foundation said on Monday.

In a statement, the foundation said it will announce the 2020 winners in its four award award categories — sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and rule of law — from June 18 to 21.

At 10 a.m. each day, a livestream conference will be held to make public the name of the winner of a specific category on the foundation’s website — http://www.tang-prize.org

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the Tang Prize, as humanity begins to rethink how it should co-exist harmoniously with nature, how it should learn from ancient history and cultures, and how the global community should try harder to work together.

The 2020 Tang Prize winners will include much-acclaimed international figures and passionate warriors whose long-term efforts in pursuit of beauty, ethics and pureness in the world echo the theme of this year’s prize, the foundation said.

Established in Taipei in 2012 by Samuel Yin (尹衍樑), chairman of the Ruentex Group, the biennial Tang Prize aspires to honor and encourage people who have made prominent contributions in the four fields.

Winners of the prize will receive a cash award of NT$40 million (US$1.35 million) and NT$10 million in research funding along with a gold medal and a certificate.

A week of activities centered around the Tang Prize award ceremony will kick off on Sept. 20.