Chen Chien-jen

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Chen Chien-jen

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Vice President of the Republic of China
Assumed office
20 May 2016
PresidentTsai Ing-wen
Preceded byWu Den-yih
Minister of the National Science Council
In office
25 January 2006 – 19 May 2008
DeputyYang Hung-duen
Preceded byMaw-Kuen Wu
Succeeded byLee Lou-chuang
Minister of Health
In office
18 May 2003 – 1 February 2005
PremierYu Shyi-kun
Preceded byTwu Shiing-jer
Succeeded byWang Hsiu-hong (Acting)
Hou Sheng-mao
Personal details
Born (1951-06-06) 6 June 1951 (age 67)
Cishan, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan (now part of Kaohsiung)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Luo Feng-ping (羅鳳蘋)
ResidencePing’an Residence
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Johns Hopkins University
Chen Chien-jen
Traditional Chinese陳建仁
Simplified Chinese陈建仁

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.[1] He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Fu Jen Catholic University.[2]

Early and Personal life[edit]

Chen Chien-jen was born in Cishan, Kaohsiung County, in 1951, as one of eight children.[3] His father, Chen Hsin-an, served as Kaohsiung County Magistrate from 1954 to 1957.[4] Chen's mother Chen Wei Lien-chih managed a daycare.[3] Chen is married to Luo Feng-ping,[5] whose family is from Nanjing.[6]

Chen Chien-jen is a devout Catholic. The Vatican invited Chen and his wife several times by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. He has been invested as a Knight of the Equestrian of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (2010)[7] and a Knight of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (2013).[8]

Career as researcher[edit]

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.[4][9] He began his medical career by researching hepatitis B, and helped raise awareness about vaccination for the disease in Taiwan.[4] Chen further researched on the liver cancer risk of people with hepatitis B.[10] Chen also discovered a link from arsenic to blackfoot disease.[4][11] The arsenic research lead to the revision of international health standards for arsenic exposure.[10]

Political career[edit]

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,[10] despite Taiwan's non-membership in the World Health Organization complicating the coordination of research efforts.[12] Chen led the National Science Council from 2006 to 2008.

2016 Republic of China presidential and vice presidential election[edit]

On 16 November 2015, Chen was confirmed as the running mate for Tsai Ing-wen in the 2016 Taiwanese presidential election[13] after media speculation earlier in the month.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

e • d Summary of the 16 January 2016 Taiwanese presidential election results
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
President Vice president
Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen Chen Chien-jen 6,894,744 56.12%
Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang Eric Chu Wang Ju-hsuan 3,813,365 31.04%
LogoPFP.svg People First Party James Soong Hsu Hsin-ying 1,576,861 12.84%
Total 12,284,970 100%

Honours and awards[edit]


Visiting Kinmen during Central-South Taiwan flood[edit]


  1. ^ Vice President Chien-Jen Chen, Academia Sinica, archived from the original on 2015-11-17, retrieved 2015-11-13
  2. ^ The 18th Session of the Board of Trustees
  3. ^ a b "Chen Chien-jen: Vice President of the Republic of China" (PDF). Taiwan Today. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2018.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Strong, Matthew (26 December 2015). "Chen calls for end to party polarization". Taiwan News. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ "【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.
  8. ^ "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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  9. ^ Chang, Yun-ping (17 May 2003). "Yu accepts DOH chief's resignation". Taipei Times. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  10. ^ a b c 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.
  11. ^ 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. JSTOR 4315790.
  12. ^ Cyranoski, David (17 April 2003). "Taiwan left isolated in fight against SARS". Nature. 422 (652): 652. doi:10.1038/422652a. PMID 12700727.
  13. ^ Hsu, Stacy (17 Nov 2015). "DPP's Tsai picks Chen Chien-jen". Taipei Times. p. 1.
  14. ^ 副手是陳建仁?蔡英文:宣布了就知道 (in Chinese), United Daily News
  15. ^ "Academia Sinica VP confirmed as running mate of Tsai Ing-wen". Focus Taiwan. Central News Agency. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  16. ^ Tseng, Wei-chen (20 Dec 2015). "Reporter's Notebook: DPP's Chen in demand, KMT's Wang shunned". Taipei Times. p. 3.
  17. ^ Austin Ramzy: Tsai Ing-wen Sworn In as Taiwan’s President, as China Watches Closely. In: The New York Times, 19 May 2016.
  18. ^ a b 2005 Presidential Science Prize – Life Sciences – Academician Chien-Jen Chen (PDF), Ministry of Science and Technology
  19. ^ a b Raphaël Zbinden : „Un chevalier catholique à la tête de Taïwan",, 20. Januar 2016 (fr.)
  20. ^ 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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