Rolf Schock Prizes 2017 awarded to four epoch-makers

The recipients of this year’s Rolf Schock Prizes have had a huge impact in their fields. Thanks to the breadth of the prizes, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music are able to present four outstanding laureates in widely differing disciplines.

This year’s prizes are awarded to philosopher Ruth Millikan, USA, mathematician Richard Schoen, USA, artist Doris Salcedo, Colombia and the renowned jazz musician Wayne Shorter, USA.

The prize amount is 500 000 Swedish krona per category, in total 2 million Swedish krona.

“Rolf Schock wanted his prizes to unite science and art, and it is in this spirit that the three academies award the Rolf Schock Prizes in Logic and Philosophy, Mathematics, the Musical Arts and the Visual Arts. We are all delighted to be celebrating four individuals who have been of great significance in their areas. November’s prize ceremony will be a memorable occasion on which the arts meet the sciences, says the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ Secretary General, Göran K Hansson.

About the prize

The award ceremony will be held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, on November 14, 2017. More information can be found on link.

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.

From 2017 the prizes are awarded every year.

The prize decisions were taken January 11 (Logic and Philosophy, Mathetmatics), February 6 (Musical Arts).

Further information available on

Press release 14 March 2017PDF (pdf)


Ruth Millikan

Ruth Millikan – Logic and Philosophy

Richard Schoen

Richard Schoen – Mathematics

Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter – Music

Doris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo – The Visual Arts

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