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Balzan Foundation announced 2008 prize winners
Date:9/8/2008

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Werner Stauffacher (Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine at the University of Basle; former President of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, Basle) read the motivation for the assignment of the Prize for Preventive Medicine, including vaccination to Ian H. Frazer: "For his outstanding scientific achievement and lasting contribution to preventive medicine in developing a vaccine that promises to prevent virus-induced carcinoma of the cervix, which claims million lives every year".

Enric Banda (Research Professor of Geophysics at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Barcelona, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC); former Secretary General of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg; President of Euroscience, Strasbourg) read the motivation for the assignment of the Prize for Science of Climate Change to Wallace S. Broecker: "For his extraordinary contributions to the understanding of climate change through his discoveries concerning the role of the oceans and their interactions with the atmosphere, as well as the role of glacial changes and the records contained in ice cores and ocean sediments. His contributions have been significant in understanding both gradual and abrupt climate change".

The President of the Balzan Foundation "Prize", Ambassador Bruno Bottai expressed satisfaction for the prestige of the eminent scholars who will be presented with their Balzan Prizes personally by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, during an award ceremony to be held in Rome on November 21 at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

The President of the General Prize Committee, Ambassador Sergio Romano, added that the awarded subjects, that vary each year, make it possible to encourage specific fields of study which are new or unknown to other international awards. Two prizes are awarded in the humanities (literature, the moral sci
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