Harold Y. Hwang Stanford University / Professor
Prof. Harold Y. Hwang, recipient of the Prize in Science, is a highly renowned scientist in the field of applied physics. He has pioneered a new field of correlated-electron science in metal-oxide interfaces, and he is expected continue to pioneer major contributions in the field for many years to come, with the prospect of creating a new generation of interfacial structure based on transition-metal oxides and related compounds.
Sangtae KimPurdue University / Distinguished Professor
Prof. Sangtae Kim, recipient of the Prize in Engineering, is a global leader in microfuidics research and development. He is developing new mathematical models for pharmaceutical informations and has contributed to the development of the fluidic self-assembly processes which has enabled ultra low-cost manufacturing of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.
Se-Jin LeeJohns Hopkins University / Professor
Prof. Se-Jin Lee, recipient of the Prize in Medicine, is a leading expert in molecular biology. He discovered myostatin a member of the Transforming Growth Factor β (TGF-β) superfamily. Currently his major endeavors include an attempt to maximize utilization of the biological properties of myostatin to develop novel therapeutic strategies for treating patients with muscle degeneration and related wasting conditions.
Kyung-sook Shin/ Novelist
Novelist Kyoung-sook Shin, recipient of the Prize in The Arts, is a highly prominent Novelist who has been setting new trends in literature. She has been popularly lauded for a variety of published works and particularly for the world bestseller "Please Look After Mom" which has been translated into more than 30 languages. Novelist Shin's works since her debut in 1985 have featured a certain high elegance of sentiment and distinctly ingenious style that have greatly elevated the status of contemporary Korean literature worldwide.
Chong Man Rhee, Hyun-sook Kim/ Director, Social worker
Director Chong Man Rhee and Mrs. Hyun-sook Kim, winners of the Prize in Community Service, are highly regarded for their contribution to the advancement of the rights and welfare of the disabled. They established social welfare community for the visually impaired in 1981, and since then have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the disabled based on the belief that such people can be equally viable contributors to society through proper vocational training and employment.