Nadine Akkerman

Nadine Akkerman is one of the winners of the Ammodo Science Awards 2019. She receives a monetary prize of 300,000 euro. The funds can be used to explore new directions in pure scientific research.

Nadinke Akkerman has described in unprecedented detail the letter correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, a distant ancestor of Queen Elizabeth. With her innovative research methods, such as the use of X-ray scanners to read unopened letters, she is a forerunner in discovering the role of women in the politics and espionage of the seventeenth century.

Nadine Akkerman is Associate Professor of Early Modern English Literature at Leiden University.