सामयिक विषय: Awards & Honors

Man Booker Prize, 2017

Man Booker Prize, 2017

  • On 17 October 2017, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is named winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
  • He was presented with a trophy from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a £50,000 cheque by Luke Ellis, Chief Executive of Man Group.
  • Saunders also receives a designer bound edition of his book and a further £2,500 for being shortlisted.
  • Lincoln in the Bardo is the first full-length novel from George Saunders, internationally renowned short story writer.
  • The 58-year-old New York resident, born in Texas, is the second American author to win the prize in its 49-year history.
  • He was in contention for the prize with two British, one British-Pakistani and two American writers.

Lola, Baroness Young, 2017 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s young son paradoxically creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters that populate this other world. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy.’

  • Lincoln in the Bardo is published by Bloomsbury, making it the third consecutive year the prize has been won by an independent publisher, following Oneworld Publications’ success in 2015 with Marlon James and 2016 with Paul Beatty.
  • Bloomsbury has won the prize three times before, with Howard Jacobson (2010), Margaret Atwood (2000) and Michael Ondaatje (1992).
  • Saunders’ win comes in the month that 1989 Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro was named as this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature recipient.
  • Man Group, an active investment management firm, has sponsored the prize since 2002.

Reference:
http://themanbookerprize.com/news/lincoln-bardo-wins-2017-man-booker-prize

The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2017

  • On 9th October, 2017 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017 to Richard H. Thaler (University of Chicago, IL, USA) “for his contributions to behavioral economics”.
  • Richard H. Thaler has incorporated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economic decision-making.
  • By exploring the consequences of limited rationality, social preferences, and lack of self-control, he has shown how these human traits systematically affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes.
  • Richard Thaler’s contributions have built a bridge between the economic and psychological analyses of individual decision-making.
  • His empirical findings and theoretical insights have been instrumental in creating the new and rapidly expanding field of behavioral economics, which has had a profound impact on many areas of economic research and policy.

About Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

  • The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel Awarded to 79 Laureates since 1969.
  • In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s central bank) established the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize.
  • The Prize is based on a donation received by the Nobel Foundation in 1968 from Sveriges Riksbank on the occasion of the Bank’s 300th anniversary.
  • The first Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Ragnar Frisch and Jan Tinbergen in 1969.
  • The Prize in Economic Sciences is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, according to the same principles as for the Nobel Prizes that have been awarded since 1901.
  • 1 woman have been awarded the Prize in Economic Sciences so far, Elinor Ostrom, in 2009.

Reference:
https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economic-sciences/laureates/2017/
https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economic-sciences/

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017

2017 Nobel Peace Prize

  • On 6th October, 2017 The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
  • The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

About International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

  • The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty.
  • This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.
  • ICAN began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna, Austria in 2007.
  • ICAN have worked to build a powerful global groundswell of public support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
  • By engaging a diverse range of groups and working alongside the Red Cross and like-minded governments, ICAN have helped reshape the debate on nuclear weapons and generate momentum towards elimination.
  • The UN secretary-general praised ICAN in 2012 “for working with such commitment and creativity in pursuit of our shared goal”.

About Nobel Nobel Peace Prize

  • The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five persons who are chosen by the Norwegian Storting (Parliament of Norway).
  • Awarded to 131 Nobel Laureates since 1901.
  • 3 Peace Prize Laureates have been under arrest at the time of the award: German pacifist and journalist Carl von Ossietzky, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

Reference:
https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2017/press.html
http://www.icanw.org/campaign/campaign-overview/

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