The “Premio Rey Jaime I” have been created in 1989 by the Spanish “Fundación Premios Rey Jaime I”. Every year, it award six Spanish researchers who promote research and development in the various scientific areas, that are endowed with a gold medal, a diploma and 100,000 euros to fund his or her research. Moreover, the winners are invited to join Alto Consejo Consultivo en Investigación y Desarrollo of the Presidencia de la Generalitat Valenciana, created in 1998.
The first year the prize was awarded only for the Research category, but in the following years other areas have been added, until they reached the current six: Basic Research, Medical Research, Economics, New Technologies, Entrepreneur and Environmental Protection.
A ceremony has been held yesterday at the the Palau de la Generalitat, in the presence of the head of the Consell, Alberto Fabra, and Vicente Boluda, president of the Valencia Foundation Advanced Studies and vice president of the “Fundación Premios Rey Jaime I”.
Basic research: Angel Rubio is a PhD in Physics and director of the NanoBio Spectroscopy Group at the University of the País Vasco, as well as the director of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.
Medical Research: Lina Badimon Maestro, Doctor of Pharmacy, directs the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona. Her studies have helped to explain the inflammatory processes by which the clot forms inside the veins. She received the award for her studies about arteriosclerosis , thrombosis work, and ischemic injury.
Economy: Received the award Francesc Iváñez Enrique Sentana, PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Professor of Economics at the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies, for his contributes to financial economics and in particular for developing a methods to handle varying volatilities and correlations over time.
New Technologies: Javier García Martínez is the director of the Laboratory for Molecular Nanotechnology of the University of Alicante, where he works in the creation of nanomaterials for energy applications.
Entrepreneur: José Vicente Tomás Claramonte , industrial engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, founded in 1999 the company KERAjet SA for the development of the first industrial digital printing machine applied to ceramics production.
Environmental protection: Received the prize Jordano Diego Barbudo, researcher of the Higher Council for Scientific Research at the Biological Station of Doñana. He was awarded for his contribution in the studies on the co-evolution of the ecological interactions between species.