"Dutch Nobel Prize" for three researchers

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO has announced the names of the three researchers who are to receive an NWO/SPINOZA Award for 2000. Each laureate will receive the sum of NLG 3m (EUR 1.36m) in recognition of their exceptional contribution to science. The Dutch minister of Science & Education Loek Hermans will hand the awards in The Hague on january 30th 2001.

The NWO/SPINOZA Award is the highest scientific honour in the Netherlands and is increasingly being seen as the "Dutch Nobel Prize". The Award, which this year is being awarded for the sixth time, goes to researchers who have displayed internationally recognised excellence and who have inspired and recruited young researchers. This year, more than thirty candidates were nominated.

The award-winners are:

Professor E.F. (Ewine) van Dishoeck (1955), Professor of Astronomy (specialising in Molecular Astrophysics) at Leiden University.

Professor D. (Daan) Frenkel (1948), head of the department of Soft Condensed Material and director of the Computational Physics research group at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam (part of the NWOs Netherlands Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter, FOM); also Professor of Computational Macromolecular Chemistry at Amsterdam University (UvA) and Professor of Computational Physical Chemistry at Utrecht University.

Professor D.S. (Dirkje) Postma (1951), Professor of the Pathophysiology of Respiration and in particular of Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders (Netherlands Asthma Fund), at the University of Groningen and Groningen University Hospital.

Biographical details:

Ewine van Dishoeck has been involved in molecular astrophysics - a young discipline - since the early 1980s. She studies the birth and death of stars, making use of both astrophysics and chemistry. It is this combination of disciplines which makes her research unique. Both astronomers and theoretical c

Contact: David Redeker
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

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