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Marcel Benoist Prize

Marcel Benoist Foundation


The Marcel Benoist Foundation for the promotion of scientific research was founded on November 5, 1920 by the Swiss Federal Council to execute the last will and testament of Marcel Benoist, a French national living in Lausanne who had unexpectedly left most of his wealth to the Swiss Confederation under the condition that it be used to fund an annual scientific award.

In agreement with the will of its founder, a French lawyer who resided in Lausanne and who died in 1918, the Marcel Benoist Prize has been awarded every year since 1920 to scientists working in Switzerland who have made, as formulated in the founder's testament, "the most useful scientific discovery or study, in particular in disciplines which are of significance for human life."


2004 laureate : Adriano Aguzzi, neuropathologist, University of Zurich.

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