- Marcel Linsman Prize
Marcel Linsman Prize Awarded for Outstanding achievement in Biomedical sciences, Medicine, and Neurosciences. Presented by Linsman Foundation Country Belgium First awarded 1990
The Marcel Linsman Prize (or Linsman Prize) is a Belgian prize awarded to living scientists only every 3 years for excellence in the biomedical sciences. The prize is restricted to researchers with a medical or engineering degree having performed research in Belgium. The age limit is 45 years but there is no restriction on the citizenship. For many years, the preference has been given to researchers in the field of neuroscience.
The prize is usually awarded by the influential AILg, a Belgian academic association of Engineers, during an official ceremony taking place in one Belgian university during which two other prestigious prizes in different fields are awarded. Similar to other prestigious prize ceremonies, the recipients deliver a scientific presentation of their research.
The reputation achieved by this prize is ubiquitously recognized amongst academics in Europe.
History of the Prize
This prize is awarded in memory of Marcel Linsman (1912-1989), distinguished University Professor. Born in Liège on 22 June 1912, he studied mathematical sciences at the University Liège, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1934. In 1937, he received his doctorate, with the highest distinction" He was appointed assistant professor at Liège in 1938, and in 1964, full professor. In 1943, he became interested in numerical calculation and recognized immediately the electronic possibilities. He moved to Harvard University in 1947. From 1951 to 1955, he managed the development of one of the earliest European electronic computers, known as Machine I.R.S.I.A. His interest then took him into non-numerical applications of the computer. Starting with automatic translation, he initiated many projects, including teaching informatics and medical applications. Throughout his career, he was the recipient of many awards.
In IFIP, he was present from the first Council meeting in Rome until 1971, representing the Belgian member society. He was also active in the Technical Committee on Education (TC3). During die time IFIP was registered in Belgium, 1962 through 1967, he served as IFIP Assistant Secretary and handled all legal matters for IFIP. In 1974, he was in the first group to receive the IFIP Silver Core Award.
Marcel Linsman died during the night from 18 to 19 April 1989. A foundation in his name has been established to promote scientific excellence in the field of biomedical sciences.
1991 Michel FOMBILLIDA Ir ULg 1985 1993 Dr Daniel DUBOIS Ir ULg 1970 1995 Dr Robert POIRRIER Neurological Dpt of ULg 1997 Dr Paul MAQUET R&D Cyclotron CHU Liège 2000 Ph.D. Elisabeth THOMAS Dept of Neurochemistry of ULg 2002 Dr Jean-Marc WAGNER Ir, Dr in applied Sciences of ULg 2005 Christophe PHILLIPS 2008 Maxime BONJEAN Ir ULg 2005
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