Announcing the Harvey Prize 2012
Professor Eric S. Lander
Professor Eli Yablonovitch
In the Field of Human Health
Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Professor of Biology MIT and Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.
In recognition of his significant contributions to the field of genomics, as the driving force behind most of the major advances in this field. He has made important contributions by both developing methods to exploit the power of genetic information and leading large endeavors to identify and annotate entire genomes. Most notably he consolidated the efforts of the human genome project and first-authored the resulting historic manuscript. Prof. Lander also pioneered the analysis of the genetic components underlying complex diseases, including cancer.
In the Field of Science and Technology
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA
In recognition of his pioneering discoveries in the fields of photonics, optoelectronics, and semiconductors. His groundbreaking studies are highly influential and broad in scope, combining deep physical insights with an applied technological approach. He established the field of photonic crystals and photonic band gap engineering, made fundamental and pioneering contributions to the research and development of photovoltaic cells, and the design and improved performance of semiconductor lasers.