12 September 2022

The 2022 Balzan Prizewinners

Martha C. Nussbaum, Philip Bohlman, Robert Langer, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen and Johannes Oerlemans


The winners of the 2022 Balzan Prizes are:

  • Martha C. Nussbaum (USA – University of Chicago) for Moral Philosophy,
  • Philip Bohlman (USA – University of Chicago) for Ethnomusicology,
  • Robert Langer (USA – MIT) for Biomaterials for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering,
  • Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (Denmark – University of Copenhagen) and Johannes Oerlemans (The Netherlands – University of Utrecht) for Glaciation and Ice-Sheet Dynamics.

The Balzan General Prize Committee reached its decision at its annual conclusive plenary meeting, where it evaluated and selected the candidates put forward by academies, universities, and research centres around the world. The Committee based its choice on the validity, current relevance and coherence of the candidates’ research, identifying the specific factors that guarantee the advancement of knowledge in the respective fields of study.

The names of the winners were announced today in Milan by the President of the Balzan Foundation “Prize”, Alberto Quadrio Curzio, and by the Chairman of the Balzan General Prize Committee, Luciano Maiani, during the traditional evening event held at the Fondazione Corriere della Sera.

Each winner will receive 750,000 CHF (approximately 770,000 EUR; 782,000 USD; 674,000 GBP), half of which must be invested in research.

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