Dr. Paul U. Unschuld, an alumnus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, received a Special Shulan Medicine Award on November 16 in Hangzhou, China. The prize, first awarded in 2014, recognizes outstanding Chinese scientific and technological accomplishments. This is the first time the prize has been awarded to a foreign scholar. The prize includes 1 Mio Yuan/RMB cash award, the equivalent of $150,000.
Dr. Unschuld, professor and director of the Institute for the Theory, History and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences, Charité-Medical University Berlin, is a Sinologist who has researched the history of Chinese medicine and pharmaceutics. Dr. Unschuld received his MPH from the Bloomberg School in 1974.
Dr. Unschuld is known for having translated into English the ancient classical texts of Chinese medicine, the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, the Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu, and the Nan Jing, applying for the first time rigid European standards of philology. More recently, supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, Dr. Unschuld and an international team of Chinese, European, and U.S. scholars have focused their attention on the 16th century Chinese pharmaceutical encyclopedia of natural history, the Ben Cao Gang Mu.
Dr. Unschuld was trained at the Munich University’s School of Pharmacy and then earned a PhD in Chinese Studies, also at Munich University. Earlier this year, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 20