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German biologist wins Tsungming Tu Award for foreign scientists

2018/05/08 19:05:43

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Taipei, May 8 (CNA) German biologist Wolf B. Frommer received Tuesday the 11th annual Tsungming Tu Award (杜聰明獎), a Taiwanese award for foreign scientists who have made great discoveries in their fields and can collaborate with their counterparts in Taiwan.

Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) presented Frommer with the award, which included a cash prize of US$75,000.

Frommer boasts a list of credentials including being the first person to discover the SWEET family of proteins for sugar transfer, as well as being a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and winner of the 2017 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) research award.

As a winner of the Tsungming Tu Award, he will work with Taiwanese scientists on academic exchanges to promote more innovation and creation, the ministry said.

The German scientist has also developed many bioapplications, such as biosensors, to detect proteins in living organisms.

The AvH Foundation is a partner of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and through the partnership, both countries are hoping to recognize their respective scholars and promote international collaboration.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Kuan-lin Liu)