The NWO Spinoza Prize is the most prestigious academic distinction in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awards the prize to Dutch researchers who rank among the world‘s most eminent scholars and scientists. The prestigious prize is awarded to scholars and scientists for their outstanding, ground-breaking and inspiring research. They are awarded €2.5 million each, which they may spend on the research of their choice.
Prof. Annemarie Mol (1958) is professor of Anthropology of the Body at AISSR (department of anthropology). In her research she uniquely combines philosophy, medical sociology, anthropology, sociology of science and social theory. From an anthropologist's perspective, she studies how we deal with our bodies and in so doing changes deep-rooted paradigms. How do we cope with illness? How do we think and talk about illness? What is eating actually about? Her approach to such questions influences and inspires researchers throughout the world.