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Chen Chien-jen KSG KHS Chinese: 陳建仁; pinyin: Chén Jiànrén; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Kiàn-jîn, 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 institution4 He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Fu Jen Catholic University5


  • 1 Career as researcher
  • 2 Political career
    • 21 2016 Republic of China presidential and vice presidential election
  • 3 Honours and awards
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Career as researcheredit

His father, Chen Hsin-an, served as Kaohsiung County Magistrate from 1954 to 19576 Chen obtained a master's degree in public health from the National Taiwan University, and received his ScD in human genetics and epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1977 and 1982, respectively67 He began his medical career by researching hepatitis B, and helped raise awareness about vaccination for the disease in Taiwan6 Chen further researched on the liver cancer risk of people with hepatitis B8 Chen also discovered a link from arsenic to blackfoot disease69 The arsenic research lead to the revision of international health standards for arsenic exposure8

Political careeredit

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,8 despite Taiwan's non-membership in the World Health Organization complicating the coordination of research efforts10 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 election11 after media speculation earlier in the month1213 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 You14 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 201615

e  d Summary of the 16 January 2016 Taiwanese presidential election results
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice president
Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen Chen Chien-jen 6,894,744 5612%  
Kuomintang Eric Chu Wang Ju-hsuan 3,813,365 3104%  
People First Party James Soong Hsu Hsin-ying 1,576,861 1284%  
Total 12,284,970 100%

Honours and awardsedit

  • 2005 Presidential Science Prize Life Sciences16
  • 2009 Officier of the Ordre des Palmes académiques France16
  • 2010 Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great Vatican17
  • 2013 Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre Vatican17
  • 2017 National Academy of Sciences Foreign Associates USA18


  1. ^ "八位新封聖大額我略爵士" PDF 天主教會台灣地區主教團 2013-08-05 Retrieved 2015-11-13 
  2. ^ "【禮儀】11/14 耶路撒冷聖墓騎士冊封大典" 耶穌會中華省 Retrieved 2015-11-13 
  3. ^ Lu, Hsin-hui; Hou, Elaine 5 August 2016 "Taiwan's VP to attend Dominican Republic's presidential inauguration" Central News Agency Retrieved 5 August 2016 
  4. ^ Vice President Chien-Jen Chen, Academia Sinica 
  5. ^ The18th Session of the Board of Trustees
  6. ^ a b c d Hsu, Elizabeth 16 January 2016 "Chen Chien-jen vows to be more than just figurehead vice president" Central News Agency Retrieved 18 January 2016 
  7. ^ Chang, Yun-ping 17 May 2003 "Yu accepts DOH chief's resignation" Taipei Times Retrieved 8 December 2016 
  8. ^ a b c Cyranoski, David 13 January 2016 "Taiwan’s SARS hero poised to be vice-president" Nature 529 7585: 136–137 PMID 26762435 doi:101038/529136a 
  9. ^ 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 JSTOR 4315790 doi:101579/0044-744720073682:bditil20co;2 
  10. ^ Cyranoski, David 17 April 2003 "Taiwan left isolated in fight against SARS" Nature 422 652 PMID 12700727 doi:101038/422652a 
  11. ^ Hsu, Stacy 17 Nov 2015 "DPP’s Tsai picks Chen Chien-jen" Taipei Times p 1 
  12. ^ 副手是陳建仁?蔡英文:宣布了就知道 in Chinese, United Daily News 
  13. ^ "Academia Sinica VP confirmed as running mate of Tsai Ing-wen" Focus Taiwan Central News Agency 14 November 2015 Retrieved 15 November 2015 
  14. ^ Tseng, Wei-chen 20 Dec 2015 "Reporter’s Notebook: DPP’s Chen in demand, KMT’s Wang shunned" Taipei Times p 3 
  15. ^ Austin Ramzy: Tsai Ing-wen Sworn In as Taiwan’s President, as China Watches Closely In: The New York Times, 19 May 2016
  16. ^ a b 2005 Presidential Science Prize – Life Sciences – Academician Chien-Jen Chen PDF, Ministry of Science and Technology 
  17. ^ a b Raphaël Zbinden : „Un chevalier catholique à la tête de Taïwan", cathch, 20 Januar 2016 fr
  18. ^ Lu, Hsin-hui; Kao, Evelyn 3 May 2017 "Vice president, WTO representative elected to NAS" Central News Agency Retrieved 4 May 2017 

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