The Millennium Technology Prize has a track record in picking scientists who later have gained solid international recognition. The winner of the first Millennium Technology Prize, in 2004, was Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the World Wide Web. In 2006, it went to Shuji Nakamura for inventing the first blue and white LEDs, while in 2008 it went to a biotech pioneer; Robert Langer won for his work on biomaterials and controlled drug release. In 2010, the winner was a chemist, the inventor of dye-sensitised solar cells, Michael Grätzel.
ROBUST JUDGING PROCESS
The International Selection Committee sifts and assesses the nominations according to several important criteria. The main criteria for the Millennium Technology Prize are that the innovation improves the quality of human life, has been applied in practice and it has the potential to generate new applications. Also, the International Selection Committee looks favourably on technologies which promote environmentally sustainable development.
Self-nominations are not permitted, and each individual and their innovation must be supported by at least two distinguished individuals from separate organisations.
The International Selection Committee makes its recommendation for the winner for the Board of Technology Academy Finland who ultimately chooses the winner.
THE INTERNATIONAL SELECTION COMMITTEE 2013-2014
The International Selection Committee is made up of eight world-class scientists. Each Committee member cannot serve for more than four awards, or eight years.
The full committee is as follows:
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