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David Mermin to be first physicist to recieve the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation VIZE 97

Since 1999, The Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 has awarded its international Prize to significant thinkers whose work exceeds the traditional framework of scientific knowledge, contributes to the understanding of science as an integral part of general culture and is concerned with unconventional ways of asking fundamental questions about cognition, being and human existence.

This year David Mermin will be recognized with the Dagmar and Vaclav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 prize.David received a letter from the hormer Czech first lady, Dagmar Havlová informing him that he was chosen by the advisory body to be the 2017 recipient. The award is presented at a ceremony on October 5th, the birthday of President Václav Havel.

Notable laureates include Umberto Eco and Robert Reich, but there hasn't been a physicist selected until this year.