Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shaw Prize Winners 2012

Science News

This year's winners of the Shaw Prize were announced in Hong Kong. Winners were announced in the fields of Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences:
David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Jane Luu, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge share the astronomy prize for discovering and characterizing trans-Neptune bodies, or those objects in the solar system orbiting just beyond Neptune. Virtually unknown until their joint discovery in 1992 by Jewitt and Luu, these 1200 or so objects are relics of the formation of the solar system and supply short-period comets. [For more information go to ScienceInsider.]
The Shaw Prize is an annual award, first given in 2004, in honour of  Sir Run Run Shaw (邵逸夫), a major figure in the Hong Kong media industry and a long-time philanthropist. The prize recognizes living "individuals, regardless of race, nationality and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or application, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind."

The awards ceremony will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 17, 2012. Each winner will receive one million dollars. It is noteworthy that many winners of the Noble Prize have previously won the Shaw Prize, including 2011 Nobel laureates Jules A Hoffmann, Bruce A Beutler, Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt.