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SNU Awards

Distinguished SNU Members

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.


  • Chang, Louis Pal

    Chang, Louis Pal

    First Dean of SNU College of Fine Arts

    Dean Louis Pal Chang (1901-2001) was the advocate of Korean folk art during Japanese colonial era. He contributed to the development of Korean contemporary art by establishing the Korean Art Exhibition after achieving liberation from Japan.

  • Hahn, Sang-Ki

    Hahn, Sang-Ki

    Agricultural leader in Nigeria

    Dr. HAHN Sang-Ki 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.

  • Han, Man-Nyun

    Han, Man-Nyun

    Founding CEO of Ilchokak Publishing Group

    HAN Man-Nyun (1925-2004) 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.

  • Oh, Chang-Young

    Oh, Chang-Young

    Veterinarian, Head of Seoul Grand Park Zoo and Changgyeong Zoo

    OH Chang-Young (1928-2013) 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.

  • Song, Young-wook

    Song, Young-wook

    Lawyer, Chairman of the Korean Polio Association

    As a disabled but successful lawyer, SONG Young-wook 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.

Last updated in 2016