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

2020 Laureates

  • Physics and Mathematics
  • June Huh
    Professor, Stanford University, USA / Scholar, KIAS
  • An innovative mathematician who used breakthrough methods from algebraic geometry to prove the long-standing unsolved mathematical problems of Read’s conjecture and the Rota-Heron-Welsh conjecture.

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  • Chemistry and Life Sciences
  • Bong-Kiun Kaang
    Professor, Seoul National University
  • A world-class neurobiologist who contributed to the understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying how our brains store and retrieve the information at the synaptic level.

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  • Engineering
  • Kyunghyun Cho
    Professor, New York University, USA
  • A globally recognized expert in artificial intelligence who developed a neural machine translation algorithm that can provide high-quality translations by considering the context of paragraph or page content.

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  • Medicine
  • Daeyeol Lee
    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins Univ., USA
  • An international authority in neuroscience who identified neural mechanisms of decision-making by incorporating economics into neuroscientific research using nonhuman primates as subjects.

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  • The Arts
  • Bong Joon Ho
    Film Director
  • A world-famous film director who earned the Academy Award for Best Director at the 2020 Oscars for his film “Parasite”, and demonstrated the excellence of Korean films and Korean culture on the world stage.

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  • Community Service
  • Sungno Lee
    Medical Director, Karamtola Hospital, Bangladesh
  • A medical director, known as the Korean Albert Schweitzer, who has devoted to treating the underprivileged and the poor in the Karamtola region of Bangladesh for the past 27 years.

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