03.01.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

René Raúl Drucker Colín of Mexico wins 2011 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Popularization of Science

The 2011 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science has been awarded to eminent Mexican scientist René Raúl Drucker Colín. Professor Drucker Colín was selected by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on the recommendation of an international jury.

Professor Drucker Colín will receive a cheque for $20,000, the silver UNESCO-Albert Einstein medal and a certificate at an award ceremony on 4 January in Bhubaneswar (India). The ceremony will take place during the 99th Indian Science Congress, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Prize. To mark the occasion, an international symposium on the popularization of science will be held on the sidelines of the Congress from 4-6 January, with several previous Prize winners in attendance.       

A specialist in physiology and neurobiology, René Raúl Drucker Colín, also holds a degree in psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a doctorate in medicine from Saskatchewan (Canada). He is renowned for his work in identifying the role played by neurotransmitters during sleep. Professor Drucker Colín is also an ardent promoter of science. His work is published regularly in La Jornada, a leading Mexican daily, and he has participated over the past 12 years in the science programs of Televisa, a national broadcaster.

The UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science was created by UNESCO in 1951 and is awarded every two years. Financed jointly by the Kalinga Foundation, the Government of the State of Orissa (India) and the Government of India, the Prize rewards the efforts of writers, editors, lecturers, radio/television programme directors or film producers who have made a significant contribution towards presenting science and technology to a general public.

The laureate is also offered the Kalinga Chair established by the Government of India (Department of Science and Technology), and is invited to India to meet with scientists and science communicators, and become familiar with Indian life and culture, Indian research and educational institutions, and the development of India’s industry and economy.


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