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UP Diliman Chancellor in “Ultimate List of 15 Asian Scientists to Watch”

Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma

(May 25, 2011)–Physicist and UP Diliman (UPD) Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma this May 15 was named by the magazine Asian Scientist as among the ultimate 15 Asian scientists to watch.

Saloma is the lone Filipino to make the list composed of three scientists each from Japan and India, two scientists each from China, Singapore and Korea and one each from Taiwan and Pakistan.

Cited for his work in photonics, a science that deals with generation, control and detection of light.  Saloma is noted for developing a method to generate high-contrast images of semiconductor sites using techniques called “one photon optical beam-induced current imaging and confocal reflectance microscopy.”

Asian Scientist credits Saloma’s efforts in paving for “improved optical signal recovery, retrieval and identifying microscopic defects in integrated circuits (IC), which could lead to lower production costs of chips.”

The Chancellor is one of Asian scientists who represent the movers and shakers of Asia notable in their respective fields, “some of them whose talent and promise are unmistakable, and others who are already widely known and respected,” Asian Scientist reports.

Asian Scientist magazine is a news and information magazine for the Asian scientific community circulated in China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.


Saloma was pleasantly surprised to learn of the list while browsing the Internet, “I inspected the list and found that I am in the company of really very fine scientists who are Asian nationals,” he said. 

Even as Asian Scientist disclaims that the ultimate list (which includes an astronaut, a nuclear physicist and an Eastern medicine expert) “is not in any order of importance, as there is no objective way to do this, neither is it all-inclusive,” the magazine however, wishes that “science and technology in Asia develop its own following and that these 15 will take their respective fields to the next level.”

To that Saloma responds wryly, “It is not easy to be on a watch list – in our country, it usually means you are in trouble.”

A professor of Physics, Saloma obtained his BS, MS and PhD degrees from UPD.  In 2008, he received the triennial ASEAN Outstanding Scientist and Technology Award for his contributions to photonics and signal processing.  In 2004, the International Commission for Optics recognized him with the Galileo Galilei Award for his scientific accomplishments that were achieved under unfavorable socio-economic conditions.

Saloma also received the 2008 Lingkod Bayan Award—the Presidential Award for Public Service, the highest recognition given to a Philippine government employee.