DHC 2017 : 3 well-known academics rewarded
Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Michael Grätzel, PhD, pioneered research on energy and electron transfer reactions and their use to generate electricity and fuels from sunlight.
He invented the «Grätzel cell», that in turn engendered perovskites photovoltaics cells, which are largely commercialized.
He is member of academies of science and holds ten honoring doctor’s degrees in Europe and Asia.
Charbel Farhat graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris, before receiving his PhD in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley.
He is recognized as a world leader in «Simulation-based Engineering Sciences». He develops mathematical models, computational algorithms, and high-performance software for the design and analysis of complex systems in aerospace, mechanical, and naval engineering.
He is an elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering in the US, the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK, and the Lebanese Academy of Sciences.
Daron Acemoglu received a PhD in economics at the London School of Economics in 1992. He is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His research covers a wide range of areas within economics, including political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning.
He is a member of the National Academy of Science in the United-States.