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Published : 2016-04-05 15:23
Updated : 2016-04-05 15:23

The Ho-Am Foundation on Tuesday announced the six recipients of its annual prize, often referred to as the Korean equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

The winners include: Kim Myung-sik, professor of Imperial College of London; Oh Joon-ho, professor of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Larry Kwak, director of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center at City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles; poet Hwang Dong-kyu; and Kim Hyun-soo and Cho Soon-sil, cochairmen of Wahaha, a charitable organization helping young students. 

Kim Myung-sik, professor of Imperial College of London

Marking the 26th anniversary this year, the prize has been funded by Samsung Group to honor distinguished Koreans and foreign nationals for their contribution to enhance science, culture and the welfare of mankind. 

Oh Joon-ho, professor of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

The foundation was set up in memory of the group’s late founder Lee Byung-chull. His penname was Ho-Am. 

Larry Kwak, director of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center at City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles

A total of 38 experts and academics, including Israeli Nobel laureate scientist Dan Shechtman, participated in this year’s evaluation committee, while a 37-member advisory group reviewed the whole process.

The award ceremony will be held in Seoul on June 1. Each winner will be given 300 million won ($260,000) as prize money.

By Lee Ji-yoon (jylee@heraldcorp.com)