Three Taiwanese elected to World Academy of Sciences

12/17/2019 08:10 PM
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Academia Sinica President James C. Liao (廖俊智) / CNA file photo
Academia Sinica President James C. Liao (廖俊智) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 17 (CNA) Three members of Taiwan's top academic institute, Academia Sinica, have been elected to The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the research institute said Tuesday.

In a press release, Academia Sinica said the Taiwanese scholars are among 36 new inductees announced Dec. 10 by the UNESCO-backed program, which is devoted to advancing science in developing countries.

According to TWAS figures, the new inductees will bring the organization's total membership to 1,278, including 60 from Taiwan.

Among the new inductees is Academia Sinica President James C. Liao (廖俊智), an authority in the related fields of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, both of which involve the application of engineering principles to biology.

Liao's research has ranged from biofuel production to the problems of obesity, according to his TWAS biography.

TWAS also recognized Lu Chih-yuan (盧志遠), president of computer memory manufacturer Macromix International, for his technological innovations and corporate leadership in the semiconductor industry.

The third inductee, Chung Bon-chu (鍾邦柱), is a researcher at Academia Sinica's Institute of Molecular Biology, who studies the functions of steroids in zebrafish.

According to TWAS rules, candidates for the lifetime fellowships must be nominated by sitting members before being evaluated by an advisory committee representing their relevant areas of study.

Current Taiwanese members of the body include Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), an epidemiologist who previously served as vice president of Academia Sinica, and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Yuan T. Lee (李遠哲).

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Matthew Mazzetta)


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