NWO/Spinoza prize to cancer research, cognitive sciences, physics and mathematics

On 6 June, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) announced which four researchers will receive the NWO/Spinoza prize for 2005. The prize is the biggest Dutch award in science. Each researcher receives one-and-a-half million euros to freely devote to his or her research. The researchers receive the prestigious prize for their outstanding, pioneering and inspiring scientific work.

The winners of the NWO/Spinoza prize 2005 are:

Prof. R. (Ren) Bernards, molecular biologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital and Utrecht University.
He has developed three innovative genetic technologies to study the process of cell division and discovered a pattern of gene expression that predicts breast cancer metastases.

Prof. P. (Peter) Hagoort, cognitive neuroscientist at the F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Radboud University Nijmegen.
He has demonstrated that brains in which the language-processing area is damaged can still understand language via other routes. Moreover within five years he has led the F.C Donders Centre to worldwide fame.

Prof. D. (Detlef) Lohse, physicist at the University of Twente.
He has provided the globally-recognised clarification of sonoluminescence, the phenomenon in which a micro-bubble can emit light under the influence of sound.

Prof. A. (Lex) Schrijver, mathematician at the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science and the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
He has written two standard works on combinatorialism and algorithmics, and during the writing of these he bridged gaps in the theory with new propositions and proofs.

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The NWO/Spinoza prize, also viewed as the 'Dutch Nobel Prize', is awarded to Dutch researchers who rank among the world's top scientists. The laureates are internationally renowned, and know how to inspire young researchers.


Contact: Sonja Knols
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

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