Winners of 2020 TWAS Prizes announced
TWAS Prizes are awarded in nine fields: Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Physics, and Social Sciences. There are 13 prize winners: four from China and one from Taiwan, China; three from Argentina; one from India; one from Iran Islamic Republic; one from Malaysia; one from Nigeria and one from South Africa. The prize winners include one woman.
Each TWAS Prize carries a cash award of USD15,000. The winners will lecture about their research at TWAS's 29th General Meeting, when they will also receive a plaque and the prize money.
- Esteban Gabriel JOBBAGY of Argentina, for his insight into the reciprocal interactions between vegetation, soil and hydrology and related applications in managed ecosystems of the South American plains.
- Hossein BAHARVAND of Iran Isl. Rep., for his fundamental contribution to the understanding of how pluripotency and differentiation establish and maintain in stem cells.
- TANG Zhiyong of China, for his contribution to developments of methods and theory for controllable synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticles.
Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences
- CAO Junji of China, for his seminal work on aerosols, air quality and earth environmental sciences.
Engineering Science (shared)
- Ahmad Fauzi ISMAIL of Malaysia, for his outstanding contributions in the area of membrane technology and nanotechnology for desalination, wastewater treatment, gas separation and hemodialysis.
- Noemi Elisabet ZARITZKY of Argentina, for her fundamental contribution to the understanding of food and environmental engineering problems.
- TANG Zizhou of China, for his fundamental contributions to differential geometry, including outstanding works in isoparametric theory, and harmonic maps.
- Dipendra PRASAD of India, for his fundamental contributions to branching laws of classical groups over local and global fields through what has been called the Gan-Gross-Prasad conjectures.
Medical Sciences (shared)
- Alejandro Fabian SCHINDER of Argentina, for his fundamental contribution to the understanding of development, integration and function of newly generated neurons in the adult brain.
- Robert Peter MILLAR of South Africa, for his fundamental and translational contributions in the field of neuroendocrinology leading to the development of new treatments for hormone-dependent diseases.
- CHEN Xianhui of China, for his seminal contributions to the exploration of quantum materials, especially for the discovery of superconductivity above 40K in Fe-based superconductors.
Social Sciences (shared)
- JUAN Chi-Hung of Taiwan, China, for his contribution to our understanding of psychological mechanisms of cognitive control and new discoveries in relevant interventional methods.
- Ayodele Samuel JEGEDE of Nigeria, for his work in the areas of medical sociology, anthropology and bioethics.