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Two Vietnamese Scientists Included in Top 100 Asian Academics List

Vietnamese scientists are getting more recognition in the region.

Dr. Phan Thanh Son Nam and Dr. Nguyen Sum are the two names listed in "Asian Scientist 100," an annual list that honors top scholars in the region, Tuoi Tre reports.

Inaugurated in 2016, "Asian Scientist 100" is curated by the Singaporean-based magazine Asian Scientist with an aim to celebrate researchers, academics and innovators who have made important contributions to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

Phan Thanh Son Nam is a 40-year-old chemistry professor and dean of the faculty of chemical engineering at the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology. Nam was honored for his work regarding molecular catalysts in organic transformation. 

Nguyen Sum is a mathematician and a professor at Quy Nhon University. His paper "On the Peterson's hit problem" was praised for shedding light on an unresolved problem in algebraic topology. Both are recipients of 2017's Ta Quang Buu Award, which was established in 2014 by Vietnam's Ministry of Science and Technology.

Last year, Asian Scientist listed chemical engineer scholar Le Thi Kim Phung as one of the honorees. In its first edition in 2016, biomedical engineering professor Tran Ha Lien Phuong and mathematician Dang Thi Oanh also appeared on the list.

[Photo via Nguoi Lao Dong (left) and Dao Tao Lien Thong (right)]

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