Chen Chien-jen KSG KHS (Chinese: 陳建仁, born 6 June 1951) is the Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). He is an epidemiologist by training and was formerly vice president of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's premier research institution. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Fu Jen Catholic University.
|Vice President of the Republic of China|
|Assumed office |
20 May 2016
|Preceded by||Wu Den-yih|
|Minister of the National Science Council|
25 January 2006 – 19 May 2008
|Preceded by||Maw-Kuen Wu|
|Succeeded by||Lee Lou-chuang|
|Minister of Health|
18 May 2003 – 1 February 2005
|Preceded by||Twu Shiing-jer|
|Succeeded by||Wang Hsiu-hong (Acting)|
|Born||6 June 1951|
Cishan, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan (now part of Kaohsiung)
|Spouse(s)||Luo Feng-ping (羅鳳蘋)|
|Alma mater||National Taiwan University|
Johns Hopkins University
Early and personal lifeEdit
Chen Chien-jen was born in Cishan, Kaohsiung County, in 1951, as one of eight children. His father, Chen Hsin-an, served as Kaohsiung County Magistrate from 1954 to 1957. Chen's mother Chen Wei Lien-chih managed a daycare. Chen is married to Luo Feng-ping, whose family is from Nanjing.
Chen Chien-jen is a devout Catholic. Chen and his wife were invited to visit the Vatican several times by Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. He has been invested as a Knight of the Equestrian of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2010) and a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (2013).
Career as researcherEdit
Chen obtained a master's degree in public health from the National Taiwan University, and received his Sc.D in human genetics and epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1977 and 1982, respectively. He began his medical career by researching hepatitis B, and helped raise awareness about vaccination for the disease in Taiwan. Chen further researched on the liver cancer risk of people with hepatitis B. Chen also discovered a link from arsenic to blackfoot disease. The arsenic research lead to the revision of international health standards for arsenic exposure.
Chen served as Minister of Health from 2003 to 2005. As health minister, he was praised for effectively managing the SARS epidemic through quarantine and screening procedures, despite Taiwan's non-membership in the World Health Organization complicating the coordination of research efforts. Chen led the National Science Council from 2006 to 2008.
2016 Republic of China presidential and vice presidential electionEdit
On 16 November 2015, Chen was confirmed as the running mate for Tsai Ing-wen in the 2016 Taiwanese presidential election after media speculation earlier in the month. During the campaign, Chen became known by the nickname Brother Da-jen (大仁哥), after a character portrayed by Chen Bolin on the romantic drama In Time with You. Chen is the first Catholic Vice Presidential nominee in Taiwan. On 16 January 2016, Tsai and Chen won the presidential election in a landslide. Chen took up his post as Vice President on 20 May 2016.
|Democratic Progressive Party||Tsai Ing-wen||Chen Chien-jen||6,894,744||56.12%|
|Kuomintang||Eric Chu||Wang Ju-hsuan||3,813,365||31.04%|
|People First Party||James Soong||Hsu Hsin-ying||1,576,861||12.84%|
In March 2019, Chen announced that he would not seek a second term as vice president alongside Tsai.
Honours and awardsEdit
- 2005 Presidential Science Prize (Life Sciences)
- 2009 Officier of the Ordre des Palmes académiques (France)
- 2010 Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (Vatican)
- 2013 Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Vatican)
- 2017 National Academy of Sciences Foreign Associates (USA)
- Vice President Chien-Jen Chen, Academia Sinica, archived from the original on 2015-11-17, retrieved 2015-11-13
- The 18th Session of the Board of Trustees
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- Strong, Matthew (26 December 2015). "Chen calls for end to party polarization". Taiwan News. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
- "【禮儀】11/14 耶路撒冷聖墓騎士冊封大典". 耶穌會中華省. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
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- Chang, Yun-ping (17 May 2003). "Yu accepts DOH chief's resignation". Taipei Times. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- Cyranoski, David (13 January 2016). "Taiwan's SARS hero poised to be vice-president". Nature. 529 (7585): 136–137. doi:10.1038/529136a. PMID 26762435.
- Tseng, Chin-Hsiao; Chong, Choon-Khim; Tseng, Ching-Ping; Centeno, José A. (February 2007). "Blackfoot Disease in Taiwan: Its Link with Inorganic Arsenic Exposure from Drinking Water". Ambio. 36 (1): 82–84. doi:10.1579/0044-7447(2007)36[82:bditil]2.0.co;2. JSTOR 4315790.
- Cyranoski, David (17 April 2003). "Taiwan left isolated in fight against SARS". Nature. 422 (652): 652. doi:10.1038/422652a. PMID 12700727.
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- 副手是陳建仁？蔡英文：宣布了就知道 (in Chinese), United Daily News
- "Academia Sinica VP confirmed as running mate of Tsai Ing-wen". Focus Taiwan. Central News Agency. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- Tseng, Wei-chen (20 Dec 2015). "Reporter's Notebook: DPP's Chen in demand, KMT's Wang shunned". Taipei Times. p. 3.
- Austin Ramzy: Tsai Ing-wen Sworn In as Taiwan’s President, as China Watches Closely. In: The New York Times, 19 May 2016.
- Yeh, Su-ping; Su, Lung-chi; Wang, Flor (29 March 2019). "Vice president declares he won't run for second term with Tsai". Central News Agency. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
- 2005 Presidential Science Prize – Life Sciences – Academician Chien-Jen Chen (PDF), Ministry of Science and Technology
- Raphaël Zbinden : „Un chevalier catholique à la tête de Taïwan", cath.ch, 20. Januar 2016 (fr.)
- Lu, Hsin-hui; Kao, Evelyn (3 May 2017). "Vice president, WTO representative elected to NAS". Central News Agency. Retrieved 4 May 2017.