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14/02/2012
Sciarrino wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music for developing a new syntax that renews the possibilities of instrumental and vocal music

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Contemporary Music category goes in this fourth edition to Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino (Palermo, 1947) for “renewing the possibilities of instrumental and vocal music and the differentiation of their sound materials,” in the words of the jury’s citation.


07/02/2012
Janzen wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology for his revelatory work on tropical ecosystem function

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology category goes in this fourth edition to the U.S. ecologist and naturalist Daniel Janzen, “for his pioneering work in tropical ecology and the conservation of tropical ecosystems.”


31/01/2012
Varshavsky wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine for discovering the mechanism of protein destruction whose failure is a cause of disease

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category goes in this fourth edition to Alexander Varshavsky of California Institute of Technology (United States) for discovering “the mechanisms involved in protein degradation and their critical importance in biological systems,” in the words of the jury’s citation.


24/01/2012
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences goes to Mayor and Queloz, discoverers of the first exoplanet

The award is granted to the two Swiss astrophysicists for their techniques enabling the indirect detection of planets orbiting other stars


17/01/2012
Carver Mead wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for making computers ubiquitous with transformative power in our daily lives

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) goes in this fourth edition to U.S. electrical engineer Carver Mead, for being “the most influential thinker and pioneer” of the silicon age, and for enabling “the development of the billion-transistor processors that drive the electronic devices – for example, in laptops, tablets, smartphones, DVD players, and hybrid cars – ubiquitous in our daily lives,” in the words of the jury’s citation.


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