Royal Society and Académie des sciences Microsoft Award was won by Peer Bork this year. The award is funded by Microsoft (250,000 euro) and is given to
recognise and reward scientists working in Europe who have made a major contribution to the advancement of science through the use of computational methods.
It was awarded to Peer Bork for his work on the human microbiome. Peer definitely deserves it, as does his lab.The science and scientists that come from the Bork group are stellar. Ok, so I have a personal interest in this: I worked in his lab for 4 years, from 1999-2003. It was one of the best experiences (science and personal) of my life. Also, BioByte Solutions, started by a Bork lab researcher, has helped put together our new free database and resource search (which we’ll be introducing next week).
Congratulations Peer! Now, what is he going to do with that 368,000 dollars?!