- 9 OTTOBRE 2020 -
Sir Paul Nurse awarded on April 26th
The traditional “Capo d’Orlando” scientific award ceremony, now in its 21st year, has been brought forward to April and, as usual, will be presented to a Nobel Prize winner who will be visiting Vico Equense and the Sorrento Coast. This scientific and cultural event will take place on Friday 26th at 6.00 p.m. in the historic Giusso Castle and, this year, the silver plaque depicting the fossil of a fish from the Cretaceous period, discovered in the 19th century at Capo d’Orlando (Vico Equense) goes to Sir Paul Nurse, the 2001 winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, and Director of the Francis Crick Institute, the world’s most innovative biomedical research centre, inaugurated by Queen Elisabeth II on 9th November 2016. The award for the “Science” section will be presented to Sir Paul by Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, rector of the “Federico II” university and president of the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) in a public ceremony.
Nurse led the procedures for the opening of the London-based institute, named after Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, and known as the “home of genes” where life’s remaining secrets are being unlocked and where the most innovative research is being undertaken into illnesses and their prevention.
Sir PAUL NURSE
Nobel Prize for Medicine 2001, winner of the 2019 Scientific Prize.
CAPO D'ORLANDO PRIZE
9 Ottobre 2020
Sala delle Colonne, Istituto SS.Trinità
THE CAPO D'ORLANDO PRIZE
The Capo d'Orlando Prize has been delivered to Vico Equense so far to 14 Nobel laureates, including John F. Nash (whose story was popularized by the famous film "A Beautiful Mind"), Riccardo Giacconi, James D. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, Paul Krugman, Andre Geim, Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society. Everyone appreciated the hospitality of the city of Vico Equense and the Sorrento coast and Andre Geim enriched the Campanian Mineralogical Museum, whose history is highlighted by the site www.museomineralogicocampano.it, with the donation of the "Grafene", the innovative "material of the wonders" architect of a new industrial revolution.
The Campanian Mineralogical Museum
The cultural institution that promotes the Capo d’Orlando Award is the Campanian Mineralogical Museum, one of the most important scientific centres in the area in terms of number, variety and rarity of the exhibited samples.