Heineken Prizes

Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 2020

Bruce Stillman

discovered various proteins that are involved in DNA replication

Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 2020 awarded to Bruce Stillman

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 2020 to Bruce Stillman, President of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the state of New York. Stillman is receiving the prize for his ground-breaking research on the way DNA is copied in eukaryotic cells, a process of fundamental importance to life on earth.

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Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2020

Ansuya Blom

The international jury of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2020 has awarded the prize to visual artist Ansuya Blom. She will receive 100,000 euros, half of which is intended for a publication and/or exhibition. The jury described Ansuya Blom’s work as intimate, engaging and poetic.

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Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine 2020

Karl Deisseroth

took brain research a decisive step further

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine 2020 to Karl Deisseroth, Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University in California, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Maryland, USA. Deisseroth is receiving the prize for developing optogenetics — a method to influence the activity of nerve cells with light —as well as for developing hydrogel-tissue chemistry, which enables researchers to make biological tissue accessible to light and molecular probes. Both discoveries play an important role in current brain research.

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Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History 2020

Lorraine Daston

offers new perspective on “truth” and “objectivity” in science

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History 2020 to Lorraine Daston, director emerita of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin and visiting professor at the University of Chicago. Daston is receiving the prize for her study of the development of the concept of objectivity and the transformation she has brought about in the history of science.

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Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences 2020

Corinne Le Quéré

shows impact of climate change on CO2 uptake in the oceans

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences 2020 to Corinne Le Quéré, Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England).
Le Quéré is receiving the prize for her interdisciplinary research on the interaction between climate change and the carbon cycle.

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C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science 2020

Robert Zatorre

sets the tone for scientific approach to music

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science 2020 to Robert Zatorre, Professor of Neuroscience at McGill University in Canada and researcher at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital). Zatorre is receiving the prize for his contribution to the discipline of music cognition. He studies how our nervous system ensures that we can make and enjoy music.

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Heineken Young Scientists Awards

Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Medical/Biomedical Sciences 2020

Meta Roestenberg

Research on a malaria vaccine

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Medical/Biomedical Sciences 2020 to Meta Roestenberg (b. 1981), an internist-infectiologist at Leiden University Medical Centre. She is receiving the award for her research on the development of a malaria vaccine.

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Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Humanities 2020

Mark Dingemanse

Research on language

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Humanities 2020 to Mark Dingemanse (b. 1983), a linguist at Radboud University Nijmegen. Dingemanse is receiving the award for his research into why languages are the way they are and how using language makes us human.

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Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Natural Sciences 2020

Freddy Rabouw

Research on materials for light

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Natural Sciences 2020 to Freddy Rabouw (b. 1988), a physicist/chemist at Utrecht University. Rabouw is receiving the prize for his research on new materials to generate light, for example for solar cells or display screens.

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Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Social Sciences 2020

Anna van Duijvenvoorde

Research on development of the brain

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Social Sciences 2020 to Anna van Duijvenvoorde (b. 1983), a developmental psychologist at Leiden University. Van Duijvenvoorde is receiving the award for her research on the development of the brain and behaviour in adolescents.

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