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Nation Heroes of South Korea

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1 Nation Heroes of South Korea on 4/24/2010, 09:45

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The National heroes of South Korea are eminent men and women who have
been instrumental in shaping the country's history through their
achievements. Besides fighting in honor of the nation, a national hero
is someone who makes major contributions in various disciplines like
science, literature, sports, music or any social causes. Eminent
personalities known worldwide for their accomplishments can be termed
as the National heroes of South Korea.

Empress Myeongseong

Also known as Queen Min, Empress Myeongseong was the last reigning
empress of Korea renowned for her contributions in the history of the
nation. Empress Myeongseong was born in Seoul on 19 October, 1851. She
is remembered for her effort in preventing Korea from foreign
influence, especially Japan, during her reign.

Myeongseong's introduction of Western ideas and technology such as
automobiles, trains, telephones, and electric lights were highly
applauded. She was considered by many Japanese as a barrier in their
ambitions of gaining total power and control over Korea.

In 1895, three women suspected of being the queen, were raped and
slaughtered by hired assassins. Later, Empress Myeongseong was found by
the assassins, who raped, dishonored and burnt her body. Her husband,
Emperor Gojong awarded his wife the title "Myeongseong" and enshrined
her as the first empress to be sanctified in Jongmyo, the state shrine
of Korea. Today Empress Myeongseong is remembered for her courage and
sacrifice and can be called a National hero of South Korea.


Hwang Woo-Suk

Dr Hwang Woo-Suk has been feted as a national hero of South Korea since
2004, when he and his research team announced a series of new
scientific findings about embryonic stem cells. Dr Hwang and his team
of researchers successfully cloned a human embryo, and produced stem
cells that have a future potential for providing cure for a wide range
of diseases from diabetes to Alzheimer.

Born on 29 January, 1953, in Buyeo County, South Korea of Chungcheong
Province, Dr Hwang Woo-Suk is renowned worldwide for his discovery. He
is a biomedical scientist and professor of biotechnology and
theriogenology at Korea's leading university, Seoul National
University.

Subsequent to his scientific breakthrough, Hwang Woo-Suk was surrounded
by controversies and charged of unethical practices in his research
work. Nevertheless, the South Korean government has provided ample
financial support to the team, and aims to make the nation heart of
future technology.

In spite of the negative allegations by a certain section, most Koreans
take great pride in the pioneering work of Hwang Woo-Suk, in stem cell
research. As a matter of fact, his experience mirrors the national fate
and historical development of South Korea.





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2 Re: Nation Heroes of South Korea on 4/25/2010, 09:19

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3 Re: Nation Heroes of South Korea on 5/15/2010, 07:10

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