Spinoza Prize

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Spinoza Prize winners 2006: Jan Zaanen, Ben Scheres, Jozien Bensing en Carl Figdor. To the right is NWO-director Peter Nijkamp Spinoza Prize winners 2006.jpg
Spinoza Prize winners 2006: Jan Zaanen, Ben Scheres, Jozien Bensing en Carl Figdor. To the right is NWO-director Peter Nijkamp

The Spinoza Prize (Dutch : Spinozapremie) is an annual award of 2.5 million Euro, to be spent on new research given by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. [1] The award is the highest scientific award in the Netherlands. It is named after the philosopher Baruch de Spinoza.

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Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

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The prize is awarded to researchers in the Netherlands who belong to the best in their field. [2] Academics can nominate each other and an international commission evaluates the submissions. It is sometimes referred to as the Dutch Nobel Prize. [2]

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List of winners

The following persons have received this award: [3]

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Gerard t Hooft Dutch theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner

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Robbert Dijkgraaf Dutch mathematical physicist and string theorist

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Frits van Oostrom Dutch academic

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Birgit Meyer Dutch university teacher

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Aad van der Vaart Dutch mathematician and university professor

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Cisca Wijmenga Dutch university professor

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Bert Weckhuysen chemist from Belgium

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Michel Ferrari Swiss neurologist

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Marten Scheffer Dutch ecologist, mathematical biologist

Marten Scheffer is a Dutch ecologist, mathematical biologist and professor of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management at Wageningen University and Research Centre. He was a winner of the 2009 Spinoza Prize. His research focuses on complex systems and their adaptability.

Marjo van der Knaap

Marjo S. van der Knaap is a Dutch professor of pediatric neurology at VU University Amsterdam and the VU University Medical Center. She was a winner of the 2008 Spinoza Prize. Her research focuses on white matter disorders.

Jozien Bensing Dutch university teacher and psychologist

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René Bernards Dutch oncologist and university professor

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  2. 1 2 "Spinozaprijs voor statisticus en chemicus" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. "Spinoza Laureates". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  4. "NWO awards Spinoza Prizes to Wilhelm Huck, Lodi Nauta, Mihai Netea and Bart van Wees". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Retrieved 10 June 2016.