In 1975 Broecker, winner of the first edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in the Climate Change category, became the first scientist to warn the world about climate change, one year before the first evidence of warming.
The Physics Awards of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF) and the BBVA Foundation afford annual recognition to the most outstanding achievements of the Spanish physicist community. Ten award winners stepped up to the platform on this occasion, among them José Manuel Fernández de Labastida, Director-General of Research and Management on the Ministry of Science and Innovation’s National RDI Plan; Antonio Hernando Grande, head of the Applied Magnetics Institute, and astrophysicist Eduardo Battaner, author of a number of popular science books.
Invited by IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation, twenty-one authorities in the field of genomics will present their recent work.
U.S. biologists Thomas E. Lovejoy and William F. Laurance share the award in this category for adding to our understanding of the effects of land use change on biodiversity. Their research in Amazonian Brazil has enabled first-time measurement of the manifold consequences of habit fragmentation for the integrity of tropical forests.
The Economics, Finance and Management Award in this inaugural edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards has gone to French economist Jean Tirole (Troyes, 1953). Tirole is one of the world’s economic eminences in the theoretical and practical application of Game Theory and Information Theory.