Tang Prize winners to be announced next week

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Image taken from the Tang Prize Foundation's official website

Image taken from the Tang Prize Foundation's official website

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The Tang Prize Foundation is getting ready to announce the winners of the 2018 Tang Prize, which honors outstanding achievement in sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, Sinology, and the rule of law.

The foundation will reveal the winner or winners in one category a day starting with sustainable development from June 18 to June 21, and the announcements will be streamed live on the official Tang Prize website at 10 a.m. each day.

The two previous Tang Prize laureates for sustainable development were the former prime minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland, in 2014 and UC Berkeley physicist Arthur Rosenfeld, known as the "godfather of energy efficiency," in 2016.

The Tang Prize, which was established by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin (尹衍樑) to complement the Nobel Prize, is awarded every two years and got its start in 2014.

Each Tang Prize laureate will receive NT$40 million (US$1.33 million) in cash prizes and also NT$10 million in research grant money.

In addition, the laureates will receive a pure (99.9%) gold Tang Prize Medal worth NT$250,000 that was designed by Japanese designer Fukasawa Naoto and a 2018 Tang Prize diploma designed by the Dutch book designer Irma Boom, according to the foundation.

A series of events have been held to coincide with the two previous Tang Prize awards ceremony, and this year will be no different.

The main award ceremony honoring the winners of this year's Tang Prize will be held at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on Sept. 21, and there will be a banquet that night at the Grand Hotel and a special concert at the National Concert Hall on Sept. 24.

While in Taiwan, the new laureates will give a series of lectures at high schools and universities around Taiwan from Sept. 25 to 27, according to the foundation.

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and National Science and Technology Museum in Taipei will also hold special exhibitions from Sept. 7 to Oct. 28 and Nov. 2 to Jan. 31, respectively, to honor the accomplishments of the Tang Prize laureates.

The exhibitions will present the life and works of each of the distinguished laureates to give people a better understanding of the Tang Prize's values, the foundation said.

(By Chen Chih-chung and William Yen)

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