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Prof. Jacek Jemielity winner of the Polish Nobel Prize

For the thirtieth time, the Foundation for Polish Science awarded its Prizes, which enjoy the reputation of the most important scientific distinction in Poland. Unofficially, the award is called Polish Nobel Prize. The laureates are four outstanding scientists: Professors Bożena Kamińska-Kaczmarek, Jacek Jemielity, Grzegorz Pietrzyński, and Cezary Cieśliński.

The FNP Prize honors for outstanding achievements and scientific discoveries that push the boundaries of cognition and open new research perspectives, provide an exceptional contribution to Poland’s civilizational and cultural advancement, and assure the country with a significant position for undertaking the most ambitious challenges of the modern world. The amount of the award is PLN 200,000.

Professor Jacek Jemielity from the Centre of New Technologies at the University of Warsaw received the 2021 FNP Prize in the field of chemistry and materials sciences for developing chemical modifications of mRNA as tools for therapeutic applications and studies on cellular processes.

The FNP Prize is an individual award granted by the Council of the Foundation by way of competition in four fieldss: life and earth sciences, chemistry and materials sciences, mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences, and humanities and social sciences. Candidates for this honor may be nominated by distinguished scientists personally invited by the Foundation’s Executive Board and Council. The FNP Council serves as the competition committee and selects the winners based on opinions from independent experts and reviewers – mainly from abroad – who assess the candidates’ achievements.

The FNP Prizes have been awarded since 1992. Including this year’s winners, there have been a total of 110 laureates.

The award ceremony will be held on December 7, 2021, and will be transmitted online