By Nick

RSES’s own geophysical supremo, Kurt Lambeck, has picked up another award for his outstanding contributions to solid earth sciences, one of the 2012 Balzan Prizes, which were announced in Milan on Monday.

Kurt’s citation (by Enric Banda) reads: “For his exceptional contribution to the understanding of the relationship between post-glacial rebound and sea level changes. His findings have radically modified climate science”.

The Balzan prize is a bit of an odd prize, there are four given each year. Loosely, two are for literature, one for physical sciences, and one for the humanities. But this can vary and the specific disciplines for each of those four prizes changes each year. Next year’s prizes will be in the fields of: Medieval History, Sociology, Quantum Information: Processing and Communication, and Infectious diseases: basic and clinical aspects.

The foundation’s aims are summarized as: “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 brotherhood among peoples throughout the world.”

Noted past recipients include eminent paleoclimate scientist Wally Broecker, British Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Mother Theresa and Pope John XXIII. The prize comes with a fairly hefty cheque attached,  750,000 swiss francs, of which half goes back into funding more research. So expect some more good science coming soon!

Congratulations to Kurt.