Taipei, July 4 (CNA) TSMC chairman and CEO Morris Chang, Asustek Computer Chairman Jonney Shih and 6 other Taiwanese tech entrepreneurs were honored as academicians by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on Wednesday.
It was the first time that the ITRI, a government-funded scientific research institute, has named academicians.
Institute Chairman Tsai Ching-yen said the purpose of the new initiative was to bring together the collective wisdom and experience of top people in the high-tech field and get their advice on national science policy, industrial development and the institute itself.
Others receiving the honor were: ID Soft Capital Group Chairman Stan Shih, Chien-Pang Venture Capital Corp. Chairman Hu Ding-hua, Delta Electronics Inc. founder and honorary chairman Bruce Cheng, Chang Chun Group Chairman Lin Shu-hung, Mediatek Chairman Tsai Ming-kai, and Epistar Corp. Chairman Lee Biing-jye.
The eight honorees have had a positive influence on Taiwan's industrial sector and have made indisputable contributions, said former Premier Liu Chao-shiuan, who convened the commission that selected the new academicians.
The commission consisted of nine experts in the field of technology, including ITRI Chairman Tsai, Liu said.
Among those attending the ceremony honoring the new academicians was President Ma Ying-jeou.
(By Jackson Chang and Shih-Chun Liu)