- Eleven Filipinos, constisting of scientists and researchers, made it to this year’s top 100 list made by the Asian Scientist magazine
- To be added to this list means the honoree must have received a national or international prize for his or her research, or have made a significant scientific discovery
- Since 2017, the Asian Scientist magazine has been compiling a list of Asia’s most outstanding scientists and researchers
To recognize their pivotal studies and research in the scientific department, 11 Filipinos, consist of researchers and scientists, have joined the prestigious list of top 100 scientists in Asia for this year’s edition of Asian Scientist magazine.
“Every year since 2017, Asian Scientist magazine compiles a list of Asia’s most outstanding researchers. Now on its fourth edition, the Asian Scientist 100 list celebrates the success of the region’s best and brightest; highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines,” the publication said.
Among the 11 Filipino scientists and researchers, is the head of research and development institutes of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST): Dr. Raul Destura of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of University of the Philippines (UP) Manila.
Dr. Destura headed a team of UP Manila researchers that developed an affordable rapid dengue diagnostic kit. He also heads a health tech startup called Marikina City-based Manila HealthTek, Inc. which is responsible for developing and producing the country’s first and only locally produced real time-polymerase chain reaction swab test for COVID-19.
The other honorees are Carlos Arcilla, the executive director of the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, engineer Robert Dizon, the executive director of the DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center, and National Scientist Emil Javier.
Also included in the list are Alicia Aguinaldo of the University of Santo Tomas; Emma Sales of the University of Southern Mindanao; Cleotilde Hidalgo How of UP Manila; the late Alonzo Gabriel of UP Diliman; Raymond Tan and Susan Gallardo, both of the De La Salle University.
According to the Asian Scientist magazine, “to be acknowledged in this list, the honoree must have received a national or international prize in the preceding year for his or her research. Alternatively, he or she must have made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry.”
Also inculded in the top 100 are prestigious scientists in Asia, which also featured past Nobel Prize winners. View the complete list of the Asian Scientist 100 at this link: https://www.asianscientist.com/as100/