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The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) takes the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Development Cooperation category
Date:2/26/2013

for her work on determining how human action alters the composition of the atmosphere and how these changes, in turn, affect the Earth's climate, and for "having contributed, through her research and leadership, to the safeguarding of our planet," in the words of the jury. "Her early research, fundamental to the understanding of stratospheric chemistry, led to the strengthening of the Montreal Protocol to curb the use of ozone-destroying substances." In recent years, the citation adds, "her contributions and leadership within the IPCC and other forums is a role model of science for the public good."

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) category went to U.S. electrical engineer Lotfi A. Zadeh , "for the invention and development of fuzzy logic." This "revolutionary" breakthrough, affirms the jury in its citation, has enabled machines to work with imprecise concepts, in the same way humans do, and thus secure more efficient results more aligned with reality. In the last fifty years, this methodology has generated over 50,000 patents in Japan and the U.S. alone.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category was shared by mathematicians Ingrid Daubechies and David Mumford for "their works in pure mathematics, which have strongly influenced diverse fields of application ranging from data compression to pattern recognition," in the words of the jury's citation. The two have formulated solutions to varied and complex problems starting from the vantage point of pure mathematics, but guided by a multidisciplinary approach.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category was granted jointly to chemist Douglas Coleman and physician Jeffrey Friedman for "revealing the exi
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