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[2020/05/08] “MOST Outstanding Research Award” Series 1: NYMU Institute of Science, Technology and Society. Professor Wang

Professor Wen-Ji Wang, Institute of Science, Technology, and Society (photo by Louis Lo) 

 

Professor Wen-Ji Wang, National Yang-Ming University School of Humanities and Social Sciences Institute of Science, Technology, and Society, was award the “2019 Ministry of Science and Technology Outstanding Research Award” in the field of historical research.

 

Professor Wang graduated from Cambridge University with a background in the history of science and the philosophy of science. In recent years, he has primarily focused his research onto the history of psychiatry and mental illness in Chinese society since the mid-19th century. Starting from an exploration from the social and cultural history perspective, Professor Wang is most concerned about how Chinese society has understood foreign scientific knowledge and the concepts related to disease in the past 100 years. With modern psychiatry and psychology being more closely related to “oneself”, these scientific studies are able to provide a window into the “self’ of the modern Chinese population.  

 

In additional to his personal research, Professor Wang, since he took moved to National Yang-Ming University in 2007, has also been actively promoting the development two fields, “Science and Technology Research” and “Medical History”. He said, “The recent global epidemic, which is caused by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, has made everyone deeply appreciate the close relationship between medicine, disease and society”. Professor Wang, who is also currently the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, pointed out that this award, in addition to being a recognition of the personal efforts and the research capabilities of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, also highlights the importance of scientific and social research, the history of science, and the history of medicine in today’s society. 

 

Finally, Professor Wang would like to thank the Ministry of Science and Technology and the various academics involved in historical research for giving him their affirmation. He would also like to thank his family for all their consideration and for the full support they have given him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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