Rolf Schock Prize for Senior Fellow Irene Heim

We congratulate Senior Fellow Irene Heim who was awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy.

On the website of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences who proposes the laureates it says:

“The 2024 Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy is jointly awarded Hans Kamp, University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Irene Heim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, for (mutually independent) conception and early development of dynamic semantics for natural language. Around 1980, Hans Kamp and Irene Heim each separately developed very similar solutions to this problem. Their theories brought far-reaching changes in the field.”

About the prize:

On his death in 1986, Rolf Schock left a significant fortune behind and, in his will, he donated a large sum of money to allow a prize to be awarded in his name. His wish was that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences would propose laureates in logics and philosophy, as well as in mathematics, that the Royal Academy of Fine Arts would propose a laureate in one of the visual arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in one of the musical arts. His fortune is managed by the Schock Foundation, which formally decides the laureates. This years prize amount is 600 000 Swedish kronor per prize area, a total of 2,4 million Swedish kronor. The prize ceremony will be held at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts on the 11th of November.

The Rolf Schock Prize is said to be a big honour in the field (it's been compared to the Nobel Prize for philosophy, even if it's not quite as well-known as the Nobel).

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