Rolf Schock Prizes
In his will, Dr. Rolf Schock, who died in 1986, specified that half of his estate should be used to fund four prizes in the fields of logic and philosophy, mathematics, the visual arts and music.
Latest prizes (2014)
LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY: DEREK PARFIT
“for his ground-breaking contributions concerning personal identity, regard for future generations and analysis of the structure of moral theories”
MATHEMATICS: YITANG ZHANG
“for his spectacular breakthrough concerning the possibility of an infinite number of twin primes”
THE MUSICAL ARTS: HERBERT BLOMSTEDT
“for his invariably enlightened musical performances, which he imbues with insightful humanism and a compelling depth of emotion; for his ability to create meaningful musical contexts in his interpretations that touch music lovers across the world; and for his great generosity towards younger generations of musicians and conductors”
THE VISUAL ARTS: ANNE LACATON and JEAN-PHILIPPE VASSAL
“for their sensitive and reflective efforts emphasizing voices of the locale while simultaneously marking it with a distinct signature; in a forward-looking manner they engage dialogues with users and residents and acknowledge the value of keeping and developing that which already exists”
Nominating and awarding
The prizes in logic and philosophy and in mathematics is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and those in the visual arts and music by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music respectively.
Beginning in 1993, prizes are awarded every three years. In years when awards are made, proposals are made by special prize committees within each academy. The laureates are chosen at plenary sessions of the academies in the spring, and the prizes are awarded at a joint ceremony in the autumn.