In 2011 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) awarded its Academy Professor Prize for the first time. This lifetime achievement award recognises the exceptional achievement of professors who have made a unique contribution to the development of their field and who have shown throughout their career that they are among the top researchers in their field. Each year the Academy confers two prizes: one to a researcher in the social sciences or humanities, and the other to a researcher in the natural, technical or life sciences.

Utrecht Professors awarded Academy Professor prize
2013

René Bernards - Molecular Carcinogenesis

2011

Jan Luiten van Zanden - Economic and Social History

FORERUNNER: ACADEMY PROFESSOR PROGRAMME (PAH)

The forerunner of the Academy Professor Prize was the Academy Professor Programme. This allowed outstanding professors to dedicate themselves entirely to high-quality research and to training researchers. At the same, time the university used the money that became available to appoint new research leaders, so stimulating the progression of research staff within the university. Each year the KNAW appointed around five professors.

Utrecht Professors appointed ad Academy Professor
2009

Environmental Epidemiologist Bert Brunekreef

2007

Meteorologist Hans Oerlemans

2006

Earth Scientist Sierd Cloetingh (professor at Utrecht University since 2012)

2005
2003

Social Psychologist Gün Semin (professor at Utrecht University since 2008)

2003

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft