internationally acclaimed mathematicians — professor Enrico Bombieri
from the US and professor Terence Chi-Shen Tao from Australia — were
declared co-winners of the prize in science (mathematics), says the
leading Saudi English daily.
Reinhold Ganz from Germany and two professors from Canada’s Montreal
University — Jean-Pierre Pelletier and Johanne Martel Pelletier —
were declared co-winners of the prize in medicine.
“The award for
Islamic studies was withheld, as none of the nominees met the
criteria laid down by the selection committee this year,” Arab
News quotes Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of the Makkah
region and chief of the King Khaled Foundation (KKF).
Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Othaimeen announced the names of the
winners at the function, which was held at Al-Khozama Center in
Faisal Prize for Arabic Language and Literature was shared by
professor Abderrahman El-Houari Hadj-Saleh of Algeria and professor
Ramzi Mounir Baalbaki of Lebanon.
In the past
King Faisal International Prize laureates went on to win numerous
prestigious national and international prizes for their efforts.
Fifteen KFIP winners have become Nobel Prize laureates so far.
reporters, Prince Khaled said the prizes would be distributed to the
winners on March 7 under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Abdullah.
have become effective tools to promote cultural and educational
exchange on the global level. They have also become internationally
known and hence we have been receiving a large number of nominations
from across the world", Arab News quotes Prince Khaled.
Asked if the
foundation would consider instituting a prize for promoting harmony
among the followers of different faiths, he said it was a good
suggestion, which would be submitted to the KKF secretariat.
Each of the
five prize categories (including the one withheld this year)
consists of a handwritten Arabic certificate summarizing the
laureate’s work; a commemorative 24-carat, 200-gram gold medal,
uniquely cast for each prize; and a cash award of SR750,000. The
co-winners in any category share the monetary grant.
the citation read out by Othaimeen, Erdogan has pioneered a major
campaign that placed Turkey among the world’s leading countries,
economically and industrially. “His unyielding position on various
Islamic and global issues, particularly the rights of the
Palestinian people, has gained him the respect and admiration of the
entire Islamic world and the international community at large,” it
named the co-winner of the prize in Arabic language and literature
in recognition of his insightful analysis of Al-Khalil’s linguistic
theory and its relation to contemporary grammatical thought.
Co-winner Baalbaki shared the prize in recognition of his tireless
efforts and research on Arabic grammatical thought.
emeritus, Orthopedics Department at the University of Bern, the
co-winner of the award for medicine, has dedicated his career to the
study and treatment of hip joint diseases. The other co-winners in
this category, Jean-Pierre Pelletier and Johanne Martel Pelletier of
Montreal University (Canada), have contributed substantially to
translational research in the field of osteoarthritis.
category, Enrico Bombieri of the US, IBM von Neumann professor at
the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Australian Terence
Chi-Shen Tao, James and Carol Collins Chair of Mathematics at the
University of California, shared the prize for their outstanding
contributions to various branches of mathematics. Bombieri’s work
addresses fundamental and difficult problems of mathematics, while
Tao’s is known for his technical brilliance in the use of the
necessary mathematical machinery, reports Arab News.