THE 2015 BALZAN PRIZEWINNERS

750,000 Swiss Francs (approx. €700,000; $770,000; £500,000) for each of the four subjects
Half of the amount must be destined by the winners to research projects

Milan, 7 September 2015 - The names of the 2015 Balzan Prizewinners were disclosed today in a public announcement:
HANS BELTING (Germany), Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe,  for History of European Art (1300-1700)
JOEL MOKYR (USA/Israel), Northwestern University (Illinois), for Economic History
FRANCIS HALZEN (USA), University of Wisconsin-Madison,  for Astroparticle Physics including neutrino and gamma-ray observation
DAVID KARL (USA), University of Hawaii,  for Oceanography.
The Balzan Prizewinners 2015 were announced today in Milan by the Chairman of the Balzan General Prize Committee, Salvatore Veca, together with the President of the Balzan “Prize” Foundation, Enrico Decleva, at the Corriere della Sera Foundation. The profiles of the winners and the citations were presented by four prestigious members of the General Prize Committee.
The Prizes will be presented during the award ceremony to be held in Bern on November 13..The amount of each prize is 750,000 Swiss Francs (approx. €700,000; $770,000; £500,000)

Victor Stoichita (Chair of Modern Art History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Foreign Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome) read the citation for the assignment of the Prize for History of European Art (1300-1700) to Hans Belting:  “For his remarkable contribution to the study of the visible and the function of images in the Western world. For the originality of his approach to interpreting works of art at the junction of cultures and periods. For his commitment to the study of artistic languages and its impact on contemporary artistic creation”.  
Thomas Maissen (Director of the German Historical Institute in Paris; Chair in Early Modern History at the University of Heidelberg; Member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften) read the citation for the assignment of the Prize for Economic History to Joel Mokyr: “For his pioneering connection of economics and history  with evolutionary and epistemological theory and the development of knowledge and technology; for permitting a new, comparative view of economic development and industrialization in particular in the
West; for the variety of content, themes, and methods of his work, which ranges from the cliometrics of the New Economic History to the qualitative interpretation of ground-breaking texts, and avoids monocausal explanations”.
 
Luciano Maiani  (Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the University La Sapienza, Rome; Fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, and of the American Physical Society) read the citation for the assignment of the Prize for Astroparticle Physics including neutrino and gamma-ray observation to  Francis Halzen: 
“for his unparalleled accomplishments which have led to the construction of the large IceCube Neutrino Observatory in the south polar ice, a facility that has opened up a new window into the Universe through the study of cosmological high-energy neutrinos”. 
Enric Banda (Research Professor of Geophysics at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Barcelona, Spanish Council for Scientific Research) read the citation for the assignment of the Prize for Oceanography to David Karl: “For his fundamental contributions to the understanding of the role and immense importance of microorganisms in the ocean, and of how microorganisms and phytoplankton control the oceanic carbon, nitrogen and iron cycles, work that has yielded significant insights into global change”. 

The President of the General Prize Committee, Professor Salvatore Veca, announced that the 2016 Balzan Prizes will be awarded in the following fields: 
- Comparative Literature
- International Relations: History and Theory
- Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, including neurodegenerative and developmental aspects
- Applied Photonics.
The amount of each of the four 2016 Balzan Prizes will be 750,000 Swiss Francs.

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