Professor Chi-Zhong Yen was born on December 6, 1888 in Taijing, China and died on October 13, 1974 in Taipei, Taiwan. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo Imperial University of Japan, in 1915 and then studied bacteriology at the Institute of Infectious Diseases of this University. He moved to Taiwan in January 1947. Professor Yen was appointed Professor at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine (NTUMC) and retired in July 1973. For 26 years he led the education and research programs of microbiology at the NTUMC. Consequent on Professor Yen’s extensive experience in the prevention of infectious diseases and in medical education, he was invited to serve as the Dean of NTUMC and later as the Director of Taiwan Serum Vaccine Institute. In 1968, Professor Yen gathered together experts in the fields of medicine, agriculture, science and industry and founded the Chinese Society of Microbiology. He was the first, second, and third President of the Society (1968-1973). He also served four times as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Microbiology, Republic of China (now Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection [JMII]).
The Award worth 2,500 USD is sponsored by the Taiwan Society of Microbiology and will be awarded to the best lecturer during the International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection on any subject related to clinical microbiology and infectious diseases as judged by the award committee.
Professor Alasdair Geddes was presented with the Yen Award during the 29th ICC in San Diego, pictured here with Ian Gould.