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Balzan Prize Ceremony 2007: 1 Mio. Swiss Francs for Nanoscience
Half of the amount must be destined to research projects
Dr. Sumio Iijima was today awarded with the Balzan Prize 2007 in the field of Nanoscience for his discovery of carbon nanotubes, and in particular the discovery of single walled carbon nanotubes and the study of their properties, by the International Balzan Prize Foundation. The award ceremony took place today in Berne, Switzerland.
The carbon nanotube, discovered in 1991 by Dr. Iijima at NEC¹s Fundamental Research Laboratories (now the Nano Electronics Research Laboratories), is a central material of nanotechnology. A broad range of fields, including electronics, energy and biotechnology, are expected to benefit from application of the carbon nanotube in the future.Dr. Iijima is a Senior Research Fellow at NEC Corporation, Director of the Research Center for Advanced Carbon Materials at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology of Tsukuba (AIST), and Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Meijo University, Nagoya.
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Internationale Balzan Stiftung "Fonds"
The International Balzan Prize Foundation, founded in 1957, promotes culture, science, and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and brotherhood among peoples, regardless of nationality, race or creed throughout the world. It achieves its aim through the annual award of four prizes in two general fields: literature, the moral sciences and the arts; medicine and the physical, mathematical and natural sciences; each for the current value of CHF 1 million. Each prize winner must destine half of the prize for research work, preferably involving young researchers.
The Balzan Foundation also periodically awards a "Prize for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood among Peoples". The awards ceremony is held in alternate years in Rome, in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, and in Berne, in the presence of the representative of the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation. The International Balzan Prize Foundation works from two different offices. The Balzan Foundation "Prize" (chaired in Milan by Ambassador Bruno Bottai) selects the subjects to be awarded and the candidates through its General Prize Committee, which is composed of eminent European members. The Balzan Foundation "Fund" (chaired in Zurich by Achille Casanova) administers the estate left by Eugenio Balzan.