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Press release 2014-02-13
 

The Rolf Schock Prizes 2014: Rolf Schock – uniting philosophy, mathematics, music and art

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, have decided to award the Rolf Schock Prizes 2014, amounting to a total of SEK 2.4 million, in the fields of:

Rolf Schock Laureates 2014: Derek Parfit (Logic and Philosophy) photo: Gerard Vong, Yitang Zhang (Mathematics) photo: Lisa Nugent/UNH Photographic Services, Herbert Blomstedt (The Musical Arts) photo: Martin Lengemann, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal (The Visual Arts) photo: Stiftung HfG Ulm

LOGIC AND PHILOSOPHY
Professor DEREK PARFIT, University of Oxford, UK
for his ground-breaking contributions concerning personal identity, regard for future generations and analysis of the structure of moral theories
Derek Parfit, University of Oxford

MATHEMATICS
Professor YITANG ZHANG, University of New Hampshire, USA
for his spectacular breakthrough concerning the possibility of an infinite number of twin primes
Yitang Zhang, University of New Hampshire 

THE MUSICAL ARTS
Conductor HERBERT BLOMSTEDT, Sweden
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
Herbert Blomstedt

THE VISUAL ARTS
Architects ANNE LACATON and JEAN-PHILIPPE VASSAL, Lacaton & Vassal, France
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
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal

Prize amount: SEK 600 000 per category.
The award ceremony will be held in Stockholm on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

THE ROLF SCHOCK PRIZES
In 1986, at the young age of 53, Rolf Schock passed away in an accident. Rolf always led a very simple life, and it came as a surprise to many people to learn that he left behind a great fortune. Following his last will and testament, a foundation was established with the purpose to award four prizes in the fields of logic and philosophy, mathematics, the musical arts and the visual arts. Laureates are selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts.

More information

The Rolf Schock Prizes

Contact

Press Officer
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Perina Stjernlöf
+46 70 6739650,
perina.stjernlof@kva.se

Logic and Philosophy
Wlodek Rabinowicz
Professor of Practical Philosophy
Lund Univ.
+46 70 4823456, +46 46 2227595
wlodek.rabinowicz@fil.lu.se

Mathematics
Jan-Erik Roos
Professor Emeritus
Stockholm Univ.
+46 18 518734
jeroos@math.su.se

Musical Arts
Tomas Löndahl
Permanent Secretary
The Royal Swedish Academy of Music
+46 70 8207757, +46 8 4071800
tomas.londahl@musakad.se

Visual Arts
Susanna Slöör
Permanent Secretary
The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts
+46 70 7928186, +46 8 102208
susanna.sloor@konstakademien.se

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