Six new Heineken Prize laureates

14 April 2010

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) will today announce the names of the recipients of the 2010 Heineken Prizes.

The Heineken Prizes are presented to five internationally acclaimed scientists and scholars (USD 150,000 each), and one highly talented Dutch artist (EUR 50,000). The prizes are funded by the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation. The Academy selects the laureates in science and scholarship, and the art prize is awarded by an independent jury. The laureates receive the Heineken Prizes for their great merits to science, Dutch art and society.

The Heineken Prize laureates for 2010 are:

Franz-Ulrich Hartl, managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany. He is receiving the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics for his contribution to the discovery of the role of 'chaperones' in protein folding.

Ralph Steinman, professor at The Rockefeller University in New York. He is receiving the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine for his discovery of the role of dendritic cells in the immune system.

David Tilman, professor at the University of Minnesota, United States. He is receiving the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for the way in which he combines mathematical theories, laboratory research and field experiments to make a fundamental contribution to the science of ecology.

Rosamond McKitterick, professor at Cambridge University, United Kingdom. She is receiving the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History because her research has fundamentally changed how we view the Carolingians and the interplay of politics, religion and scholarship in their time.

Michael Tomasello, co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He is receiving the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science because his multidisciplinary research has given us a much deeper understanding of cognitive processes in primates in general, and language acquisition processes in humans in particular.

Mark Manders, artist working in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Ronse, Belgium. He is receiving the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art for his consistent use of imagery in creating an intriguing world of his own, one that leaves ample scope for free association and plants itself deep in the memory.

Presentation

The six 2010 Heineken Prizes will be presented on Thursday 23 September 2010 during an extraordinary meeting of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at the Beurs van Berlage Building in Amsterdam.