Five Filipinos have made it on the first “Asian Scientist 100” list released by The Asian Scientist magazine.
The list includes innovators, scientists, and leaders who are recognized in their respective countries and abroad which included the following Filipinos:
- National Scientist Ramon Cabanos Barba, ranked third on the list. Barba is a horticulturist known for devising a way for mango trees to produce flowers regardless of the season. His research paved the way for the development of the country’s mango industry.
- National Scientist Angel Alcala, ranked seventh, was recognized for his research on Philippine amphibians and reptiles and the conservation of marine protected areas.
- National Scientist Edgardo Gomez, ranked ninth, is a professor at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute. He was recognized for leading the world’s first national-scale assessment of damage to coral reefs.
- Project NOAH director Mahar Lagmay, ranked tenth, was recognized for spearheading and leading Project NOAH, the Philippine (science and technology department)’s flagship program on disaster risk reduction and management.
- National Scientist Gavino Cajulao Trono Jr., ranked twelfth, was recognized for his study on tropical marine phycology focusing on seaweed biodiversity.
The Asian Scientist official website lists down The Asian Scientist 100 for an in-depth look into the accomplishments and backgrounds of those who made the list.
“Science coming out of Asia has not yet enjoyed the same attention and exposure as science in the West. With the AS100 list, we hope to give Asian scientists due recognition for quality research that seeks to further scientific knowledge, break technological boundaries and improve human lives,” said Dr. Juliana Chan, Nanyang Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University and the founder and editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist Magazine.
“The list also opens up possibilities for collaboration; we seek to heighten the interest of scientists from elsewhere who may want to work with the best scientists from the region.”