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Date:6/13/2013

n in 1999 for his services in cancer research and cell biology and was awarded the French Lgion d'Honneur in 2002. He was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK, as well as President of the Rockefeller University in New York. He is at present Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute and President of the Royal Society.

The ALBERT EINSTEIN World Award of Science was created as a means of recognition to those men and women who have accomplished scientific and technological achievements which have brought progress to science and ensuing benefit to mankind.

The LEONARDO DA VINCI World Award of Arts to Petteri Nisunen and Tommi Grnlund is for their contributions to contemporary arts, their interdisciplinary approach, inspiring innovation, creativity and their particular view of synthesis.

Their interdisciplinary approach brings together art, design, architecture and science. Their large-scale spatial interventions and public as well as gallery installations involve a variety of materials and technologies, from the use of objects to light and sound. Nisunen and Grnlund deal with space, be it physical, ethereal or sonic. Works tend to change or reshape space and stimulate sensory perception through direct intervention, often with complex technical installations. The artists are not committed to one medium only, but are endlessly curious, capable of moving between disciplines and changing approaches.

In addition to his artistic work, Nisunen teaches in the Art Department of Aalto University. He invites fellow artists from around the world to share their experience and knowledge in lectures and workshops. Nisunen has a background in architecture and combines artists' hands-on experience with art history and theory. Nisunen and Grnlund have also curated exhibitions, for example at the Nordic Pavilion in the 2001 Venice Biennial. They often
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