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Torsten Wiesel is the Scientific Patron and an Honorary Member of the Young Academy of Sweden. Portrait: Markus Marcetic

The Young Academy of Sweden is delighted to invite the Young Academies of the world to nominate Laureates for the first “Torsten Wiesel Midnight Sun Award – For Distinguished Achievements in Promoting Science”. The award will be given to one or several person(s) or an organization that has done extraordinary contributions to explain and promote science to the public and/or decision makers. The awardee(s) can be of any nationality and will be selected by a committee formed by the Young Academy of Sweden following nominations. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Stockholm, including a public lecture in May 2016.


The prize was announced in 2014 to mark the 90th birthday of Nobel Laureate Dr. Torsten Wiesel, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1981 together with David Hubel for “their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system”. ”The Midnight Sun Award” is inspired by the natural phenomenon of the never-setting sun that is a cherished feature of the Swedish summer.  


Torsten Wiesel is a monumental figure in science. Half a century ago, his pioneering research at Harvard University forever changed our understanding of how the brain allows us to perceive the world, and the capacity of neural circuits to adapt during development. In parallel with these and other extraordinary research achievements, Torsten has dedicated his life to scientific leadership at the highest level. Examples include his presidency of the Rockefeller University (1991–1998), leading the Human Frontier Science Program (2000–2009), and chairing the Committee on Human Rights of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1994–2004). Few individuals have been so involved in promoting science.

David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel
1981 Nobel Prize: David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel, press conference at Harvard University.

To nominate

Please fill inthis form and return via e-mail no later than 15 June 2015.

Do you have any questions? Please contact us: or tel: +46 (0) 8 673 95 00

We look forward to your nominations! 

Best regards,
The Young Academy of Sweden

Young Academy of Sweden group portrait
The Young Academy of Sweden

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