NWO Spinoza prize 2016
Physical-organic chemist Wilhelm Huck, philosopher Lodi Nauta, internist/infectious disease specialist Mihai Netea and nanophysicist Bart van Wees will receive the NWO Spinoza Prize, the highest Dutch award in science. It consists of an amount of 2.5 million euros, to be used for scientific research.
Prof. W.T.S. (Wilhelm) Huck (1970) is professor of physical-organic chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen. His work focuses on research into the physical-organic, chemical and biological processes that take place in human cells. He applies his knowledge of this complex entity in his search for one of the holy grails in his field: to construct a synthetic cell.
Prof. L.W. (Lodi) Nauta (1966) is professor of history of philosophy at the University of Groningen. Nauta has established unexpected but structural parallels in his work between philosophical thought about language in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the twentieth century. His innovative approach combines linguistic, historical and philosophical insights about the place of humanism in the history of Western philosophy.
Prof. M.G. (Mihai) Netea (1968) is full professor of experimental medicine at Radboudumc. He conducts research into how the immune system recognises micro-organisms, including the dangerous fungus Candida albicans, which may cause blood poisoning. Netea has made significant discoveries in this area. He was one of the first people to work in this research area internationally and is a pioneer in his field.
Bart van Wees
Prof. B.J. (Bart) van Wees (1961) is professor of applied physics at the University of Groningen and the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. He is a worldwide leading physicist in the field of electricity transport by quantum structures. Van Wees is a top researcher in the field of ‘spintronics’. He focuses mainly on its applications in the revolutionary material graphene.