HKU's Yuen Kwok-yung and Malik Peiris won US$1m scientific award
Two University of Hong Kong medical experts Yuen Kwok-yung and Malik Peiris have won a top scientific award which comes with a prize of US$1 million.
It was announced in Beijing that the two won the Life Science Prize under Future Science Prize.
They were applauded for their discoveries of SARS-CoV-1 as the causative agent for the global SARS outbreak in 2003 and its zoonotic origin, which helped combat Covid-19 and emerging infectious diseases..
The Future Science Prize is a privately funded science prize established by a group of renowned scientists and entrepreneurs in 2016 to promote scientific breakthroughs and innovations in the Greater China region including mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
The Prize is given in three categories with US$1 million of prize money for each award -- namely Life Science Prize, Physical Science Prize, and Mathematics and Computer Science Prize.
Sri Lankan pathologist and virologist, Malik Peiris, has been long based in Hong Kong, and is currently serving as Chair Professor of Virology at the School of Public Health, Hong Kong University.
His research interests include ecology, evolution, pathogenesis, epidemiology of animal-human influenza and other human respiratory viral infections, while, together with his co-workers, he has published more than 600 scientific papers in a research career spanning more than 35 years.