NWO Spinoza Prize 2010

NWO has announced the four winners of the NWO Spinoza Prize 2010. The winners are psychologist Naomi Ellemers, astronomer Marijn Franx, chemist Piet Gros and classicist Ineke Sluiter. Each of them will receive 2.5 million euro to spend on research of their choice. The prize is the highest award in Dutch science.

Naomi Ellemers

Prof. N. (Naomi) Ellemers

Professor of Social Psychology of Organisations at Leiden University. Ellemers combines research into everyday practice with laboratory experiments. She has argued and demonstrated that individual commitment primarily depends on people's ability to identify with the moral values of groups or organisations, instead of financial recompensations or the career perspectives these represent.


Marijn Franx

Prof. M. (Marijn) Franx

Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University. Franx investigates the formation and evolution of galaxies. He is the leading Dutch researcher using the Hubble Space Telescope. With his team he discovered, for example, that the early universe contained numerous old galaxies that were ten times heavier than the Milky Way, and many times smaller. Recently, he has also broke new distance records with Hubble.


Piet Gros

Prof. P. (Piet) Gros

Professor of Biomacromolecular Crystallography at Utrecht University. Gros unravelled the 3-D structure of the giant C3 protein. The size of the protein made this a particularly difficult and time-consuming job. The research of Gros has laid the foundation for drug development in the areas of rheumatism, lupus, sepsis, kidney diseases and cardiovascular diseases.


Ineke Sluiter

Prof. I. (Ineke) Sluiter

Professor of Greek Language and Literature at Leiden University. She carries out research into ancient ideas about language and their social impact, for example in pedagogy and education. She compares standards and values from the ancient world with those of contemporary society. She also considers the role of language in the formation of social identity.


Presentation NWO Spinoza Prize 27 September 2010

NWO chair Jos Engelen, State Secretary Marja van Bijsterveldt, Spinoza winners Naomi Ellemers, Marijn Franx, Ineke Sluiter and Piet Gros during the presentation of the NWO Spinoza Prizes 2010 on Monday 27 September. Credits: NWO/Arie WapenaarNWO chair Jos Engelen, State Secretary Marja van Bijsterveldt, Spinoza winners Naomi Ellemers, Marijn Franx, Ineke Sluiter and Piet Gros during the presentation of the NWO Spinoza Prizes 2010 on Monday 27 September. Credits: NWO/Arie Wapenaar

Announcement Spinoza Laureates 7 June 2010

NWO Spinoza Laureates Marijn Franx, Naomi Ellemers, Piet Gros, Ineke Sluiter, during the announcement of the Spinoza Prizes 2010 on Monday 7 June. Credits: NWO/Arie WapenaarNWO Spinoza Laureates Marijn Franx, Naomi Ellemers, Piet Gros, Ineke Sluiter, during the announcement of the Spinoza Prizes 2010 on Monday 7 June. Credits: NWO/Arie Wapenaar

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