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Four Uppsala researchers receive the Royal Society of Sciences’ Thuréus Prize


The Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala has today awarded the Thuréus Prize of SEK 175,000 to four prominent Uppsala researchers, at a ceremony at Museum Gustavianum.

The Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala was founded in 1710 and is Sweden’s oldest scientific society. It is still an active and dedicated society which among other things supports Swedish research of the highest quality by awarding prizes and distinctions to deserving researchers. The Thuréus prizes have their origin in a donation by the late physician and Uppsala student Sven Thuréus through the founding of the Lilly and Sven Thuréus foundation for Nature and Culture.

The four prize winners and their respective citations:

Professor Tobias Ekholm, the Department of Mathematics, for his innovative use of analytical methods in topology with applications in string theory.

Professor Emeritus Gunnar Ronquist at the Department of Medical Sciences, for his discovery of prostasomes.

Professor Li Bennich Björkman at the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Government, for her outstanding research efforts and great commitment to scientific and societal issues, especially research on the political development in post-communist Europe and the former Soviet Republic.

Professor Volker Ziemann at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, for his innovative research on accelerator development, especially within the CLIC project at CERN.