22日，总部位于法国巴黎的联合国教科文组织公布2019年度联合国教科文组织-赤道几内亚国际生命科学研究奖（UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences）获奖名单，共3人获奖，其中包括来自中国的屠呦呦。
Prof. Youyou Tu of the Chinese Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, laureate of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine, is recognized for her research into parasitic diseases. She discovered an entirely new anti-malarial treatment, artemisinin, which made possible the treatment of thousands of patients in China in the 1980s.
Since the turn of the century, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been recommending artemisinin-based combination therapies as the first-line treatment for malaria. These combination treatments have saved 6.2 million lives reducing malaria mortality in Africa by 66%, and by 71% among children under 5 years of age.
This is the fifth edition of the Prize, which rewards outstanding scientific research projects in the life sciences that have led to an improvement in the quality of human life.
If you measure greatness in terms of number of human lives saved，then there is no doubt at all that Tu Youyou is one of the greatest scientists of all time.
When it comes to science icons, there is no doubt at all Tu Youyou is right up there.