Seoul National University honors the people who made distinguished achievements in their lives with the Distinguished SNU Members Award. It has been the highest honor bestowed upon SNU alumni or faculty since 1991. The award is granted annually on the founding anniversary of the university during the official anniversary ceremony.
Agricultural leader in Nigeria
Dr. Han greatly contributed to the resolution of Nigeria's food crisis by devoting himself to the dissemination of improved bulb plant breeds. He led international agricultural studies by serving on the steering committee of the International Society for Horticultural Science, as Director of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture.
Founding CEO of Ilchokak Publishing Group
Han contributed to the development of publishing industry by publishing more than 1,300 scholarly books over the course of more than 40 years. He published nonprofitable scholarly books and research journals even amid economic difficulties.
Louis Pal CHANG
First Dean of SNU College of Fine Arts
Dean Chang was the advocate of Korean folk art during Japanese colonialization. He contributed to the development of Korean contemporary art by establishing the Korean Art Exhibition after achieving liberation from Japan.
Veterinarian, Head of Seoul Grand Park Zoo and Changgyeong Zoo
Oh was a living history of Korean zoo. He devoted his life for protecting animals and creating zoos in Korea. He was the first heads of two largest zoos in Korea.
Lawyer, Chairman of the Korean Polio Association
As a disabled but successful lawyer, Song has been the life-long advocate for the physically disabled. He enhanced human rights of the disabled by working hard to establish rules and policies for them.