The Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science
is an award
given by UNESCO
for exceptional skill in presenting scientific ideas to lay people
. It was created in 1952, following a donation from Biju Patnaik
, Founder President of the Kalinga Foundation Trust in India
The recipient of this annual award must have demonstrated — during a brilliant career as writer
, film producer
programme director or presenter
— talent in interpreting science and technology for the public. The recipient should have striven to emphasize the international importance of science
and the contribution they make to improving public welfare, enriching the cultural heritage of nations, and solving problems facing humanity. Many past prize winners have been scientists
, while others have been trained in journalism or have been educators or writers.
Each member state is entitled to nominate a single candidate, through its National Commission for UNESCO, on the recommendation of the national associations for the advancement of science or other science associations, or national associations of science writers
or science journalists
. Applications from individuals are not accepted.
The laureate is selected by the Director-General of UNESCO upon the recommendation of a four-member jury designated by him. Three members of the jury from different countries of the world are designated on the basis of equitable... Read More