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Rolf Schock Prizes 2017 awarded to four epoch-makers

Rolf Schock Prizes 2017 awarded to four epoch-makers

The recipients of this year’s Rolf Schock Prizes have had a huge impact in their fields. Thanks to the breadth of the prizes, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music are able to present four outstanding laureates in widely differing disciplines.

This year’s prizes are awarded to our Haskins colleague, philosopher Ruth Millikan, (spouse of Haskins Scientist, Donald Shankweiler) and to  mathematician Richard Schoen, USA, artist Doris Salcedo, Colombia and the renowned jazz musician Wayne Shorter, USA.

Rolf Schock wanted his prizes to unite science and art, and it is in this spirit that the three academies award the Rolf Schock Prizes in Logic and Philosophy, Mathematics, the Musical Arts and the Visual Arts. We are all delighted to be celebrating four individuals who have been of great significance in their areas. November’s prize ceremony will be a memorable occasion on which the arts meet the sciences, says the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ Secretary General, Göran K. Hansson.

The Rolf Schock Prizes 2017

Logic and Philosophy

The Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy for 2017 is awarded to Ruth Millikan, University of Connecticut, USA,

“for her groundbreaking theories about biological functions and the biological foundations of thought and language, where the representational properties of the latter are explained in terms of these functions.”

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