The John von Neumann Society and the Senate of Budapest University of Technology awarded Katalin Karikó, a biochemist whose research paved the way for the side-effect free and highly effective use of mRNA preparations, the Neumann Professorship Award at a ceremony on 3 June.
The award was presented by the University Rector and the Chair of the John von Neumann Society. During the ceremony, Ms Karikó addressed the audience of 500 attendees and opened the ‘Hommage à Neumann’ art exhibition, celebrating the 120th anniversary year of von Neumann.
The award was established jointly by CEPIS Member, the John von Neumann Society, and the Senate of the Budapest University of Technology in 2017 to recognise scientists who have made an outstanding contribution, worthy to John von Neumann’s own achievements.
The work of Katalin Karikó, who graduated from the University of Szeged, Hungary, has directly contributed to the development of an effective SARS-CoV2 vaccine and the use of mRNA in anti-tumour and gene replacement therapy.