With the advent of industrialization and globalization, humanity has been able to enjoy the convenience brought about by the advancement of science and technology. Yet, a multitude of new challenges also emerged along the way, such as climate change, emerging infectious diseases, wealth gap, and moral degradation.


Against this backdrop, Dr. Samuel Yin established the Tang Prize in December 2012 to encourage individuals across the globe to chart the middle path to sustainable development. By recognizing extraordinary achievements in the four major fields of Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology, and Rule of Law, the prize is intended to gather the wisdom mankind needs to tackle the crises unique to the 21st century. Its laureates are selected on the basis of the originality of their work and its impact on society, irrespective of their nationality, ethnicity, gender or faith.


Rooted in China’s time-honored philosophical tradition and as a point of convergence of different civilizations, the Tang Prize aims to provide fresh impetus to the pursuit of sustainable development in the 21st century, bring about positive change to the global community, and create a brighter future for all of humanity.