The researcher who linked the HIV virus to AIDS, the scientist who discovered global warming 40 years ago, a child prodigy at three whose virtuosity on the cello has thrilled thousands all over the world, and a recipient of the French Legion of Honor are among this year’s Asian Heritage Awards honorees.
The four are Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, for public health; Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, for science and technology; Tina Guo, for innovation, and Dr. Palmer Taylor, for medicine. They will be honored at a special ceremony on Nov. 22 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
Other honorees include Dr. Anand Srivastava and Deven Petel, business enterprise; Dr. Alexander Chuang, global outreach; Dr. Charles Nguyen, opportunity in education, and Dr. Marissa Pei, entrepreneurship. In addition, California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will be honored as this year’s diversity pioneer.
San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts will serve as gala chairman.
The awards are presented by the Asian Heritage Society, a nonprofit organization founded in San Diego in 2005 to preserve the legacy of Asian Americans and develop tomorrow’s leaders.
More information about the awards is online at www.asianheritageawards.com.