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U of T Professor wins 2014 Balzan valued at $800,000

September 11, 2014

TORONTO, ON – University of Toronto Professor Emeritus Ian Hacking is a winner of the 2014 Balzan prize, an $800,000 (US) award that recognizes scholars and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields.

One of the foremost philosophers in the world, Hacking is known for his work in the philosophy of science, medicine and psychology; the logic and history of statistics; the history of philosophy and the philosophy of language. He has written 14 books and more than 300 papers and reviews on a wide range of subjects. Hacking was the only Canadian awarded a prize this year.

“It’s quite unexpected,” said Hacking about the win. He noted that the International Balzan Prize Foundation stipulates that half the prize money be used for projects involving younger researchers. “I fully approve of that. Half of the money will be given to the philosophy graduate department to support younger researchers.”

“On behalf of the University of Toronto, I congratulate Professor Hacking on winning this richly-deserved award,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “Ian Hacking is one of the great thinkers of our time. His scholarship is celebrated as both wide-ranging and profoundly insightful. We are immensely proud that he has called the University of Toronto home for so many years.”

Prizes will be awarded by the president of Italy on Nov. 20.
The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world.


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