BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - China's public health minister and a prominent British doctor
on Jan. 20 received a prestigious Thai award during an audience with King Bhumibol
Adulyadej at the Chitrlada palace.
Minister Chen Minzhang and Sir Richard Doll received the Prince Mahidol award for
distinguished contributions to public health.
Winners of the annual awards of U.S. $100,000 each are chosen by a 10-member international
committee that includes three Nobel Laureates. Princess Sirinthorn, daughter of the
King, is president of the award foundation.
Both award winners gave speeches in Bangkok on Jan. 22 on the ill effects of smoking.
Chen, 61, has been minister of health since 1987. Last year, the U.N. World Health
Organization honored him for outstanding contributions to developing China's health
Doll, 80 years old, has received numerous international awards. He taught at Oxford
University in the United Kingdom and directed a unit of the imperial cancer research