HKU’s Yuen Kwok-yung and Malik Peiris won US$1m scientific award

Two University of Hong Kong medical experts Yuen Kwok-yung and Malik Peiris have won a top scientific award which comes with a prize of US$1 million.

It was announced in Beijing that the two won the Life Science Prize under Future Science Prize.

They were applauded for their discoveries of SARS-CoV-1 as the causative agent for the global SARS outbreak in 2003 and its zoonotic origin, which helped combate Covid-19 and emerging infectious diseases..

The Future Science Prize is a privately funded science prize established by a group of renowned scientists and entrepreneurs in 2016 to promote scientific breakthroughs and innovations in the Greater China region including mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

The Prize is given in three categories with US$1 million of prize money for each award — namely Life Science Prize, Physical Science Prize, and Mathematics and Computer Science Prize.

Professor Zhang Jie won in the physical sciences category for his development of laser-based fast electron beam technologies, and their applications in ultrafast time-resolved electron microscopy and fast ignition for research towards inertial confinement fusion.

Professor Simon Sze Min won the mathematics award for his contributions to understanding carrier transports at the interface between metal and semiconductor, enabling Ohmic and Schottky-contact formations for scaling integrated circuits at the “Moore’s law” rate during the past five decades.

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