Nicole Le Douarin (Honorary Permanent Secretary of the Acad mie des Sciences and Honorary Professor at the Collge de France) justified the assignment of the Prize for Innate Immunity jointly to Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann as follows: "for their discovery of the genetic mechanisms responsible for innate immunity. They have worked in close cooperation to develop a new vision of the molecular defence strategy deployed by animals across a wide evolutionary spectrum against infectious agents. Their work has led to very promising medical applications".
Nicola Cabibbo (Professor of Physics at the University La Sapienza in Rome, Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome and President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences) justified the assignment of the Prize for Nanoscience to Sumio Iijima as follows: "for his discovery of carbon nanotubes and in particular the discovery of single walled carbon nanotubes and the study of their properties".
The President of the Balzan Foundation "Prize", Ambassador Bruno Bottai motivated the assignment of the Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood among Peoples to Karlheinz Bhm as follows: "for his life's work serving humanity and peace, for his extraordinary personal commitment, for the successful, outstanding network of activities he has created to support concrete affirmative action in Ethiopia, a country with one of the most ancient cultures in the world, but one of the poorest".
The President of the General Prize Committee, Sergio Romano, added that the awarded subjects, which vary each year, make it possible to encourage specific fields of study which are new or
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