Academia Sinica held its biennial Convocation of Academicians from July 2 to July 5 culminating in the announcement of the 2018 list of Academicians on July 5, 2018. This year, total of 21 new Academicians were elected.


List of Academicians is as follows:

Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (5)

Chia-Ling Chien

Current position(s): Jacob K. Hain Professor of Physics, The Johns Hopkins University

Specialties: Condensed Matter Physics, Nanostructures, Spintronics

Pao-Kuan Wang

Current position(s): Distinguished Research Fellow and Director, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica

Specialties: Atmospheric Sciences

Chien-Hong Cheng

Current position(s): National Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry, NTHU

Specialties: Metal-catalyzed organic reactions; Organic optoelectronic materials

Ting-kuo Lee

Current position(s): Distinguished Research Fellow and Acting Director of Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica

Specialties: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
An-Pang Tsai

Current position(s): Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku


Specialties: Fabrication of quasicrystals and designing new metallic catalysts in terms of metallurgy

Division of Engineering Sciences(5)

Kam W. Leong

Current position(s): Samuel Y. Sheng Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University; Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Columbia University Medical Center

Specialties: Biomaterials; Nanomedicine; Gene Editing; Tissue Engineering

Teh Chung Ho

Current position(s): Emeritus Senior Research Associate, ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research Laboratories

Specialties: Chemical Engineering, Catalytic Conversion of Hydrocarbons

Shih-Fu Chang

Current position(s): Richard Dicker Chair Professor, Senior Executive Vice Dean, Columbia University

Specialties: Multimedia Information Retrieval, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Signal Processing

Chih-Yuan (C. Y.) Lu

Current position(s): CTO and President, Macronix International Co., Ltd; Chairman, Ardentec Corporation

Specialties: Semiconductor Physics and Technology, Integrated Circuits Engineering, and Applied Physics

Zhong Lin Wang

Current position(s): Regents’ Professor, Hightower Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology; Director, Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Specialties: Materials Science and Nanotechnology


Division of Life Sciences (6)

Pui-Yan Kwok

Current position(s): Distinguished Research Fellow and Director, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica / Henry Bachrach Distinguished Professor, UCSF

Specialties: Genomic Medicine, Dermatology

Yu-li Wang

Current position(s): Robert Mehrabian Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Specialties: Cell Biology—Cell Mechanics, Cytoskeleton, Cell Motility, Cell Division, Cell Imaging

Ying-Hui Fu

Current position(s): Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Specialties: Human Genetics, Neuroscience

 Shyi-Dong Yeh

Current position(s): Chung Hsing Chair Professor

Specialties: Plant Virology, Plant Genetic Engineering, Plant Pathology

 Lieping Chen

Current position(s): United Technologies Corporation Chair Professor in Cancer Research, Professor of Immunobiology, Dermatology and Medicine, Director, Cancer Immunology Program, Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, Yale University School of Medicine.

Specialties: Immunology, Oncology

 Bon-chu Chung

Current position(s): Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica

Specialties: Steroid research, zebrafish model, molecular endocrinology, developmental biology


Division of Humanities and Social Sciences (5)

Weiming Tu

Current position(s): Chair Professor of Humanities, Director of the Institute for Humanistic Studies, Peking University

Specialties: Chinese philosophy; Confucianism; religious studies; comparative philosophy; dialogue among civilizations

Dorothy Ko

Current position(s): Professor and Chair, Department of History, Barnard College, Columbia University

Specialties: History of Ming-Ch’ing China, history of women and gender, history of science and technology, history of art

Jackson T.-S. Sun

Current position(s): Research Fellow, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica

Specialties: Linguistics

Chun-fang Yu

Current position(s): Professor Emerita, Columbia University

Specialties: Religious Studies, Chinese Buddhism

Yu Yu Cheng

Current position(s): Chair Professor of Chinese literature at National Taiwan University; Joint Appointment Research Fellow at Academia Sinica

Specialties: Chinese Poetics, Chinese Literary Criticism, Rhapsody Studies