The Tang Prize is an extension of Samuel Yin’s commitment to education, a legacy passed down in the Yin family. Shu-Tien Yin, Yin’s father, often said that life should not be measured by one’s wealth but by one’s contributions to others—specifically, providing greater access to knowledge.
Following his father’s model of nurturing and developing human potential, Yin established the Kwang-Hua Education Foundation in 1989, which has since provided grants and scholarships to over 150,000 recipients. In 1994 he founded the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Over the years he has continued to support universities and cultivate talent in fields ranging from management, medicine, and engineering, to law and the humanities.
Yin believes that education is life itself. He shares his outlook and life experiences with students in the hope that they, too, will give back to society by sharing knowledge. Knowing that education is the key to driving social progress, Yin established the Tang Prize, his commitment to encouraging inquiring minds to explore new perspectives and insights to make the world a better place.