Three female and two male Vietnamese scientists have been named in the 2021 edition of the Asian Scientist 100 List by Singapore’s Asian Scientist magazine.
This annual list features Asia’s most outstanding scientists and researchers in various fields.
The three women scientists are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi Thu Ha of Thai Nguyen University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vuong Thi Ngoc Lan from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Quynh Mai from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.
Along with their male counterparts are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Tien Son of Da Lat University and Dr. Nguyen Truong Thanh Hieu from Ton Duc Thang University.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Thi Thu Ha is a scientist focusing on propagation and intensive cultivation of plants, breeding and growing of non-timber forest products and medicinal herbs, and developing local medicinal plants.
She was given the Kovalevskaia Award in 2019.
As a specialist in biomedical research, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vuong Thi Ngoc Lan was one of the three recipients of the Ta Quang Buu Award in 2020 for comparison of the methods of fresh and frozen embryo transfers for in vitro fertilization (IVF).
She has made significant contributions to research on IVF as well as IVF implementation for thousands of families.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Thi Quynh Mai was the representative of a group of female scientists who were given the 2019 Kovalevskaia Prize for successfully isolating a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus, making Vietnam one of the first four countries succeeding in the isolation of this virus strain.
In the field of mathematics, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Tien Son is among the recipients of the Ta Quang Buu Award in 2020 for his research on the “general properties of semi-algebraic planning”.
Meanwhile, as an expert in physics, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Truong Thanh Hieu was also honored with the 2020 Ta Quang Buu Award for his research entitled “Average free distance of low energy electrons in materials”.
The 2021 edition of the Asian Scientist 100 list honors the prominent contributions of the region’s best researchers as they help address the most challenging issues of our time, from climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year is the sixth consecutive year that Asian Scientist magazine honors outstanding Asian researchers in various fields, including agriculture, economics, physics, mathematics and medicine, to name a few.
Besides the five Vietnamese scientists, the others on this year’s list are from China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand.
Vietnam has so far had 15 scientists honored in the annual Asian Scientist 100 lists.