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Ho-Am Prize for individuals who have contributed to academics, the arts, and social development

The HO-AM Prize

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The Ho-Am Prize was established in 1990 by Kun-Hee Lee, the Chairman of Samsung, with a vision to create a new corporate culture that continues the noble spirit of public service espoused by the late Chairman Byung-chull Lee, founder of Samsung.
The Prize, named after the late Chairman's sobriquet, is presented each year to individuals who have contributed to academics, the arts, and social development, or who have furthered the welfare of humanity through distinguished accomplishments in their respective professional fields.

Award Categories

  • Science

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    The Ho-Am Prize for Science includes such fields as physics, biology, mathematics, astronomy, and other basic sciences. The Prize is presented to people of Korean heritage whose outstanding accomplishments have contributed to the progress of these fields.

  • Engineering

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    The Prize for Engineering covers the entire field of basic engineering and applied technology, and is presented to people of Korean heritage whose accomplishments have contributed to the development of industry for greater prosperity for humanity.

  • Medicine

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    The Prize for Medicine includes the clinical and research areas of medicine, physiology, and pharmacology. The Prize is awarded to people of Korean heritage who have made distinctive contributions to the efforts of humankind to conquer the disease.

  • The Arts

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    The Prize for The Arts encompasses broad areas of arts activities including literature, music, painting, design, dance and theater. The Prize is awarded to people of Korean heritage who have contributed to the enrichment of culture and arts for humankind.

  • Community Service

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    The Prize for Community Service is awarded to individuals or organizations, regardless of nationality, that have promoted the welfare of Korean society through dedicated philanthropic activities and selfless efforts for the betterment of our community.

  • Special Field

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    The Ho-Am Special Prize is awarded in case of necessity to individuals and organizations, regardless of nationality, that have made outstanding contributions to Korean or international society in the areas outside of the five Ho-Am Prize categories.

Diploma and Medal

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Recipients of the Ho-Am Prize are each presented with Diploma, a pure gold medal (187.5g) and a cash prize of KRW 300million (approx. 275,000 USD)

Chronology

Chronology
2014
June
  • 24th Anniversary of Ho-Am Prize
  • The 2nd Ho-Am Forum
2010
Feburary

Centenary of Ho-Am Byung-chull Lee's birth

The Prize Amount was raised to 300mil. won

2010
June

20th Anniversary of Ho-Am Prize

The Ho-Am Special Prize was presented to the Nobel Foundation

2004
July
The Prize Amount was raised from 100 mil. won to 200 mil. won
2002
August

"Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize - Cultures of Creativity" - jointly presented by Ho-Am Foundation and Nobel Museum

2000
June

10th Anniversary of Ho-Am Prize

Commemorative Forum and Music Concert

Chronology
1997
June

The Ho-Am Foundation was found

Chairman Dr. Hyun-Jae Lee

1996
May

Revision of Award Categories

Transfer of Mass Communication to Samsung Press Foundation, establishment of Special Prize

1994
July

Ho-Am Prize Committee was launched

Chairman Dr. Hyun-Jae Lee

1993
May

Revision of Award Categories

Science, Engineering, Medicine, Mass Communication, The Arts, Community Service

1991
March

1st Presentation of the Ho-Am Prize

Science & Technology, Medicine, Mass Communication, Community Service

1990
January
The establishment of the Ho-Am Prize was announced by Samsung Welfare Foundation

The Ho-Am Prize Committee

The Ho-Am Prize Committee was established in 1994 with the aim to promote professionalism and impartiality in the administration of the Ho-Am Prize and to help set its future directions. The Ho-Am Prize Committee is responsible for the overall management of award procedures, including the nomination and selection of laureates, and the organization of award presentations.

Chairman The Ho-Am Foundation Byungdoo Sohn profile image

ChairmanDr. Byungdoo SohnChairman
The Ho-Am Foundation

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Distinguished Professor, Yonsei University Rhee Seo Goo profile image

MemberDr. Sue-Goo RheeDistinguished Professor Yonsei University

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Professor Emeritus Seoul National University Han Min Koo profile image

MemberDr. Min-Koo HanProfessor Emeritus
Seoul National University

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Sungkyunkwan University Seo Jung Don profile image

MemberDr. Jung-Don SeoChairman
Board of Trustees Sungkyunkwan University

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Professor Emeritus Korea University Choi Dong Ho profile image

MemberDr. Dong-Ho Choi Professor Emeritus
Korea University

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Director Seoul Welfare Foundation Lee Hye Kyung profile image

MemberDr. Hye Kyung LeeDirector
Seoul Welfare Foundation

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