The Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy 2011 is being awarded to Professor Derek Parfit “for his ground-breaking contributions concerning personal identity, regard for future generations and analysis of the structure of moral theories”
Derek Parfit is a British philosopher born in China in 1942. He has spent his entire academic career at Oxford, as fellow of All Souls College, where he presently is Emeritus Senior Research Fellow. He is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New York University, Harvard University and Rutgers University in USA.
The Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics 2014 is being awarded to Professof Yitang Zhang for “for his spectacular breakthrough concerning the possibility of an infinite number of twin primes”
Yitang Zhang was born in China in 1955 and studied mathematics at the University of Beijing. He moved to the USA in 1985 and defended his doctoral thesis at Purdue University in 1992. After that, he held various casual jobs until 1999 when he joined the University of New Hampshire, where he recently was appointed Professor of Mathematics. Not long ago, he was awarded the Cole Prize in Number Theory by the American Mathematical Society, in addition to several other prizes.
The Rolf Schock Prize in the Musical Arts 2014 is being awarded to the conductor Herberg Blomstedt “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 was born in 1927. He has been principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. He has also been artistic director of the San Francisco Symphony, the NDR Sinfonieorkester in Hamburg, and the Gewandhausorkester in Leipzig. He has been appointed Honorary Conductor of five orchestras: the Gewandhausorkester in Leipzig, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony. In addition, he regularly performs with many of the world’s other leading orchestras, among them, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Herbert Blomstedt has been awarded several honorary doctorates as well as the Seraphim Medal and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 1965 he has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippa Vassal are being awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in the Visual Arts 2014 “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 was born in 1955 in Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière (Dordogne), France, and graduated in Architecture in 1980 at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Bordeaux and in City Planning in 1984 at the University of Bordeaux. She has been appointed Visiting Professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (2004, 2006 and 2010-11), at Harvard University and at GSD Studio in Paris (2010-11). Since 2007, she is Visiting Professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.
Jean-Philippe Vassal was born in 1954 in Casablanca, Morocco, and graduated in Architecture in 1980 at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Bordeaux. He was city architect in Niger (1980-85), and has been appointed Visiting Professor at architectural schools in Versailles (2002-06), Bordeaux (1992-99), and elsewhere. Since 2012, he is Professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.