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Five scientists awarded prestigious Heineken Prizes
Date:4/15/2014

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has announced the names of five internationally renowned scientists who have been awarded prestigious Heineken Prizes (one million US dollars prize money in total). The laureates receive the Heineken Prizes for their great merits to science.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Heineken Prize, awarded to the Austrian-American chemist Erwin Chargaff in 1964.

KNAW juries have awarded this year's Heineken Prizes to the following laureates:

Christopher M. Dobson, John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).

Prof. Dobson has been awarded the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 2014 for uncovering the way in which proteins in the human body sometimes misfold themselves and how that process may lead to age-related diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes.

Kari Alitalo, Academy Professor for the Molecular Biology of Cancer at the University of Helsinki (Finland).

Prof. Alitalo has been awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine 2014 for his pioneering research on how and when lymph and blood vessels grow, and how that knowledge could help us find interventions to treat cancer and other diseases.

Jaap Sinninghe Damst, head of department at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Professor of Organic Geochemistry at Utrecht University (Netherlands).

Prof. Sinninghe Damst has been awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences 2014 for his tremendous contributions to the discovery and development of 'chemical fossiles', which help us reconstruct the history of the earth's biosphere.

Aleida Assmann, Professor of English Literature at the University of Konstanz (Germany).

Prof. Assmann has been awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History 2014 for her large and grou
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Contact: Helena van Oers
helena.van.oers@knaw.nl
31-205-510-863
Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience - KNAW
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