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Anthony Giddens awarded prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for Social Sciences

Professor Anthony Giddens, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, has been named today as the winner of the prestigious Spanish prize, the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

There were 28 nominations for the Social Sciences award, from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, United States of America and Spain. A jury of distinguished Spanish academics and leading thinkers announced the award in Spain today. As well as the great honour of the prize itself, Professor Giddens also receives 50,000 Euro, a sculpture created and specially donated for the awards by Joan Miró, a diploma and an insignia.

The Prince of Asturias awards recognise the 'scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work performed by individuals, groups or institutions worldwide.' 

Professor Giddens shares the 2002 awards with playwright Arthur Miller who received the award for Letters; with the founding fathers of the internet, Lawrence Roberts, Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, who received the Scientific and Technical Research prize; and German author Hans Magnus Enzensberger who received the Communications and Humanities award.

Professor Giddens, sociologist and 'third way' political thinker, said: "This is a tremendous honour and I am most grateful to the Prince of Asturias Foundation for their consideration. The award also recognises the importance of social science thinking and the need for global debates about the way society is being transformed in the 21st century."

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Contact: Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582.

For Prince of Asturias award information, see www.fpa.es|

For biography details of Professor Giddens, see Meet the Director|

Pictures are available on request - call LSE Press Office on 020 7955 7580.

29 May 2002

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