Israeli engineering professor Jacob Ziv wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Information and Communication Technologies for his ground-breaking innovations in data compression, which have had a deep and lasting impact on both theory and practice in the ICT field. His contributions enable efficient storage and transmission of text, data, images, and video.
Physicists Ignacio Cirac (Spain) and Peter Zoller (Austria) share the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category for their fundamental work on quantum information science. Cirac and Zoller’s research has inspired the development of new experimental avenues in quantum simulation and systems engineering.
U.S. architect Steven Holl has been granted the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Arts category for the progressive position of his work in more than 30 years of professional practice, in its rigorous discipline and consistency. The award jury also cited the humanistic values that Holl has preserved in his work, which weds a vanguard vocation with a keen concern for social and environmental fundamentals.
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category has gone in this inaugural edition to cancer researcher Joan Massagué i Solé (Barcelona, 1953), Spain’s most internationally cited working scientist. Massagué’s research has elucidated fundamental processes that control cell division and identified genes playing a key role in tumor generation and metastasis.
Founded by MIT economists, this laboratory uses scientific techniques to assess the effectiveness of development assistance funding.