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The Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016 awarded to leading professors of mathematics and international development law

25/09/2016

From the left: Flemming Besenbacher, prize recipient Tobias Holck Colding, H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary, prize recipient Morten Broberg, Ulla Tørnæs, Mogens Høgh Jensen | Photo: Lars Svankjær

Today, on the Carlsberg Foundation's 140th birthday, professors Morten Broberg and Tobias Holck Colding receive the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016. HRH Crown Princess Mary, along with Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs, just presented the winners with their awards at a banquet in the New Carlsberg Glyptotek.

Morten Broberg, professor at the University of Copenhagen, and Tobias Holck Colding, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), receive the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016 for outstanding research in international development law and mathematics, respectively. The award includes 1 million kr., of which 750,000 kr. is for research activities, while 250,000 kr. is a personal gift of honour.

The prize was presented tonight by HRH Crown Princess Mary and Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs at a banquet in the New Carlsberg Glyptotek. The banquet was attended by 250 specially invited guests and included, in addition to the award ceremony, speeches by the Carlsberg Foundation’s Chairman Flemming Besenbacher and Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir provided the entertainment.

"It is exactly 140 years ago today that the founder of Carlsberg, brewer J.C. Jacobsen, founded the Carlsberg Foundation. It is therefore a very special joy to be able to congratulate Morten Broberg and Tobias Holck Colding on this day with the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2016. J.C. Jacobsen’s ideas, visions and values focused on quality and excellence in research, arts and culture, and today's two prize winners represent this excellence in basic research in our time. They are both internationally acclaimed and respected for their excellent research within their respective fields, and both possess, in the true spirit of the brewer, a “Semper Ardens” approach to research – meaning a “passionate, always burning" approach to big scientific questions," says Flemming Besenbacher.

About Morten Broberg

Professor Morten Broberg receives the award for his acclaimed research on issues associated with the development sector, particularly in relation to development, international trade and legal reforms in developing countries. He occupies an central role in international research and contributes significantly to an expansion and redefinition of the research field both from a basic scientific and application-oriented perspective.

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About Tobias Holck Colding

Professor Tobias Holck Colding receives the award for ground-breaking research in differential geometry and geometric analysis. Colding’s results on harmonic functions, Ricci curvature, and his more recent work on minimal surfaces have led to the solution of several fundamental conjectures in mathematics. Tobias Holck Colding has also solved a wide range of other significant problems in mathematics and has published over fifty articles in leading international journals.

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About the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize

Distribution of the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize has been a recurring annual event since the prize was initiated on brewer J.C. Jacobsen's 200th birthday in 2011. The prize is given to researchers within natural science and humanities/social science who have contributed significantly to basic research at a high international level.

The prize includes 1 million kr., of which 250,000 kr. is a personal gift of honour while 750,000 kr. is for research activities. The prize aims to provide support for two active researchers in Denmark or abroad who have contributed significantly to basic research, and who enjoy great scientific recognition.

The Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize is awarded on the recommendation of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.



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