Overseas Vietnamese named in top 100 living geniuses

November 4, 2007

Overseas Vietnamese named in top 100 living geniuses

A Vietnamese man living overseas has recently made the world list of 100 Living Geniuses, according to a survey by Creators Synectics – a global business consulting company.

Vo Dinh Tuan, who now resides in the US, was selected for his work in biomedical engineering and for his vast contributions in the field of optical diagnostic equipment.

He ranked 43rd on the list of 100 geniuses, which was based on nominations by English intellectuals.

The survey’s organizers emailed 4,000 Britons this summer asking them to nominate ten living people who they considered geniuses.

They received back 1,100 nominations for individuals from all walks of life, but only 60 percent of the nominees were still alive.

The living nominees were then selected based on factors such as popular acclaim; paradigm shifting; intellectual power; achievement and cultural importance.

Tuan, who was born in Vietnam, graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences diploma in Physics from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and later earned a doctorate in biophysical chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

Tuan has now received 23 patents mainly related to optical diagnostic equipment, including patents for badges that can be optically scanned to determine exposure to toxic chemicals.

He also utilizes similar technology in a patent that uses an optical method of cancer detection, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) website.

Tuan is currently the director of Duke University’s, Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics in the US State of North Carolina.

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