Swiss Science Prize Latsis
Maryna Viazovska awarded 2020 Prize
The 2020 Swiss Science Prize Latsis with an award sum of CHF 100,000 goes to Maryna Viazovska. The young EPFL mathematics professor from Ukraine achieved a scientific breakthrough in solving the sphere-packing problem in 2016. Research results on sphere packing in high-dimensional spaces also have practical applications in everyday technology. For example, in the analysis of crystal structures or in troubleshooting signal transmission of mobile phones, space probes or internet connections.
Independent research of high quality
Worth 100,000 Swiss francs, the Swiss Science Prize Latsis – formerly National Latsis Prize – rewards researchers up to the age of 40 for outstanding achievements in basic science. Their work must be distinguished by a high degree of independence and scientific quality.
The SNSF awards the prize annually on behalf of the Latsis Foundation of Geneva. The winner is chosen by the National Research Council.
Prize winners since 1984
Domain of research
2020 Maryna Viazovska Mathematics 2019 Dominik Hangartner Political scientist 2018 Andrea Ablasser Immunology 2017 Xile Hu Chemical catalysis 2016 Alexander Keese African history, decolonisation, forced labour 2015 Richard Benton Neurobiology of olfaction 2014 Tobias J. Kippenberg Physics: quantum optomechanics 2013 David Sander Affective science 2012 Jacques Fellay Genomics: defence mechanisms against viruses 2011 Karl Gademann Chemistry and biology: isolation and synthesis of natural materials 2010 Marianne Sommer History of science: exploring the life sciences 2009 Mirjam Christ Crain Medicine: biological stress caused by infectious diseases 2008 Franz Pfeiffer X-ray technology 2007 Giuliano Bonoli Political science: role of the welfare state in Europe 2006 Michael Hengartner Molecular biology: study of a model organism, a worm called Caenorhabditis elegans 2005 Patrick Jenny Engineering sciences: computer simulations of complex fluid systems in nature and technology 2004 Simon Gächter Empirical economics: cooperative behaviour 2003 Silvia Arber Neurobiology: neuronal circuit formation in the developing spinal cord 2002 Jérôme Faist Solid state physics: quantum cascade laser (QCL) 2001 Lorenza Mondada Interactional linguistics 2000 Laurent Keller Evolutionary ecology: ant behaviour 1999 Frédéric Merkt Chemical physics of molecules: spectroscopie and dynamics of atoms and molecules in electronically charged states 1998 Peter Schaber Ethics, applied ethics and environmental ethics 1997 Konrad Basler Zoology/developmental biology (drosophila fly) 1996 Martin Vetterli Audiovisual technology of the future: wavelet theory in communication 1995 Astrid Epiney Human rights and international environmenal law 1994 Denis Duboule Developmental biology and genetics 1993 Thomas Stocker Climate and environmental physics: the role of the oceans in climate change 1992 Maria Christina Pitassi History of theology and philosophy in the 17th and 18th century 1991 Susan Margaret Gasser-Wilson Cell biology: the role of nucleus proteins in organising and passing on genetic information 1990 Goeffrey Bodenhausen Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) 1989 Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont Social psychology and educational sciences 1988 Paul Schmid-Hempel Behavioural ecology 1987 John Paul Maier Physical chemistry: spectroscopic methods for analysing the properties of ionised molecules 1986 Ulrich Kohli Economics: analysis of international trade 1985 Otto Albrecht Haller Virology: resistence to flu viruses 1984 Jürg Fröhlich Mathematical physics; quantum theory
Swiss Science Prize Latsis award ceremony
- National Latsis Prize 2019 awarded on 17 January 2020
- National Latsis Prize 2017 awarded on 11 January 2019
- National Latsis Prize 2017 awarded on 11 January 2018
- National Latsis Prize 2016 awarded on 12 January 2017
- National Latsis Prize 2015 awarded on 22 January 2016
- National Latsis Prize 2014 awarded on 14 January 2015