Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Ferenc Krausz
On June 20, 2023, the BBVA Foundation's “Frontiers of Knowledge Awards” were formally presented for the 15th time in Bilbao. Ferenc Krausz received the honor in the category "Basic Research" in the field of physics together with his deserving colleagues Anne L'Huillier and Paul Corkum as pioneers of attosecond physics. Their research has made it possible to observe subatomic processes occurring in the shortest time span that science can record. In his acceptance speech, Ferenc Krausz thanked the BBVA Foundation for honoring and recognizing the results of his research, his family and all those who supported him as well as his scientific team and collaborators for their joint success.
Krausz was keen to emphasize that science is always a shared and constant intergenerational process. This is how he literally puts it: “This award serves as an encouragement to scientists around the world to strive to push the boundaries of knowledge. (…) Finally, I would like to dedicate this award to the countless scientist and researchers whose pioneering work has provided this foundation upon which we stand today”.
He also announced that he would donate half of the prize money to www.science4people.org, an initiative that he and some of his team members had set up to support the education of children and young people in crisis areas, as is currently the case in Ukraine.
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