NWO/Spinoza prize for economist, historian and two physicists

August 25, 2003

On the morning of Monday 25 August, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) announced which four researchers will receive the NWO/Spinoza prize for 2003. The prize is the biggest Dutch award in the sciences. Each researcher receives one-and-a half million euros to freely devote to his or her research. The researchers receive the prestigious prize for their outstanding, pioneering and inspiring scientific work.

The winners of the NWO/Spinoza prize 2003 are:

Prof. A.L. (Lans) Bovenberg, Tilburg University and Erasmus University Rotterdam.
According to the jury report, the first economist who can fill the gap left by Tinbergen.

Prof. C. (Cees) Dekker, Delft University of Technology.
Four of his thirteen articles in Science and Nature even made the front cover.

Prof. R.H. (Robbert) Dijkgraaf, Universiteit van Amsterdam.
The first laureate to have studied under a Spinoza winner ('t Hooft).

Prof. J.L. (Jan Luiten) van Zanden, Utrecht University and International Institute for Social History (IISG-KNAW) in Amsterdam.
From jury report: "has brought the entire economic history of the Netherlands to international prominence."

The NWO/Spinoza prize, also seen as the 'Dutch Nobel Prize', is awarded to Dutch researchers who rank among the world's top scientists. The laureates are internationally renowned and know how to inspire young researchers.

The awards are made on the basis of nominations from the principals of universities, the chairs of the departments of Literature and Physics of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the chair of the Netherlands Society of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Dutch National Network of Female Professors, the chair of the Social Sciences Council and the chairs of the NWO research councils.

This is the ninth occasion on which the Spinoza prizes have been awarded. The first awards were made in 1995. The official presentation of the money and the Spinoza statuette will take place at the start of 2004.

For further information please contact NWO, Department of Information and Communication, tel. 31-70-344-0713, e-mail voorlichting@nwo.nl. See also the enclosed jury reports.

On Monday 25 August at 11.00 a.m. the press release, jury reports, contact details of the winners and unofficial photos will be available at www.nwo.nl/spinozawinnaars. The official photos will follow a few hours later and can be used without permission.

All Spinoza winners can be found at www.nwo.nl/spinozawinnaars.
Information about the award and its procedures can be found at www.nwo.nl/spinoza.
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