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The Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, a prelude to the Nobel

The BBVA Foundation is preparing the launch to the new edition of the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, which will begin announcing its 2020 winners in January. A prelude to the Nobel Prize, Frontiers´ juries have been one step ahead of the Swedish Academy having awarded people who later went on to win the Nobel on 15 previous occasions. For this reason, the international community remains especially attentive to the upcoming Frontiers selection.

The Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are preparing to decide on the winners of this year´s awards, which recognize and encourage contributions of a singular impact, especially those that significantly broaden the scope of our current knowledge by causing new fields to emerge or resulting from the interaction between different disciplinary areas or in different domains of science, art, and the humanities.

These prizes, which consist of 400,000 euros in each category, have been recognized internationally as the only awards with a global scope that place research regarding our planet at the same level as basic sciences, medicine or economics.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, were chosen by the BBVA Foundation for a Frontiers Award in Biology and Biomedicine in 2017. Also in this latest edition, the Nobel Prize in Economics went to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, previous winners of Frontiers Awards in Economics, Finance Management in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

In 2019, four new Nobel Laureates were previously recognized with a Frontiers: Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo in Economics (Frontiers 2008 in Development Cooperation) and Didier Queloz and Michel G. E. Mayor in Physics (Frontiers 2011 in Basic Sciences). In previous editions, Shinya Yamanaka and James P. Allison, both Frontiers in Biomedicine, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2012 and 2018, respectively; Robert J. Lefkowitz, Frontiers in Biomedicine, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012. In Economics, Finance and Business Management, three Frontiers winners, were later awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics: Lars Peter Hansen (2013), Jean Tirole (2014) and Angus Deaton (2015). Finally, William Nordhaus, the Frontiers Award in Climate Change winner in the last edition, received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics.

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