Harald zur Hausen

Harald zur Hausen - Message to Mankind

„Spekulationen sind eine wichtige Voraussetzung für die Entwicklung von Erfahrungen und Kenntnissen. Ihr Vermeiden – vor allem wenn sie außerhalb unseres bestehenden Wissens liegen – halte ich für fortschrittsfeindlich…
Durch Resignation haben wir zu keiner Zeit neue Erkenntnisse erworben.”

“Speculations are an important premise for the development of experiences and knowledge. Avoiding them – especially if they concern matters outside of our established field of knowledge – is anti-progressive…
At no time did resignation help us to gain new knowledge.“

Harald zur Hausen

Harald zur Hausen

Harald zur Hausen was born in 1936. He is a German virologist and was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his groundbreaking research on the role of papilloma viruses as a cause for cervix cancer. He served as chairman of the German Cancer Research Centre from 1983 to 2003 is editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Cancer. Since 2010 he is also the president of German Cancer Aid. He has also won the William B. Coley Award (2006) and the Gairdner Foundation International Award (2008).

 

 

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Adrian Piper

Adrian Piper - Message to Mankind

“Always be too expensive to buy.”

Adrian Piper

Adrian Piper

Adrian Margaret Smith Piper (b. 1948) is a first-generation Conceptual artist and analytic philosopher. She began exhibiting her artwork internationally at the age of twenty, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1969. While continuing to produce and exhibit her artwork, she received a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Musicology from the City College of New York in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1981 under the supervision of John Rawls; and studied Kant and Hegel with Dieter Henrich at the University of Heidelberg in 1977-1978. Her formal education lasted a total of 27 years.

Adrian taught philosophy at Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, Stanford, and UCSD. Following in the steps of trailblazing pioneer Dr. Joyce Mitchell Cook, in 1987 she became the first tenured African American woman professor in the field of philosophy.

Adrian introduced issues of race and gender into the vocabulary of Conceptual art and explicit political content into Minimalism. In 2000 she further expanded the vocabulary of Conceptual art to include Vedic philosophical imagery and concepts. Her artwork is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Generali Foundation, Vienna, among others.

Adrian has been a Non-Resident Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University since 1994 and was a Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 1998-1999. She has been awarded Guggenheim, AVA, NEA, NEH, Andrew Mellon, Woodrow Wilson, Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Institute for Advanced Study Research Fellowships, as well as the Skowhegan Medal for Sculptural Installation and the New York Dance & Performance Award (the Bessie) for Installation & New Media.

Adrian began her study and practice of yoga in 1965 with the Upanishads and Swami Vishnudevananda’s Complete Book of Yoga. She studied with Swami Satchidananda from 1966, became a svanistha in 1971 and a brahmacharin in 1985. In 2012, on her 64th birthday, Adrian Piper retired from being black. She lives and works in Berlin, where she runs the APRA Foundation Berlin and edits The Berlin Journal of Philosophy

Photo: Albert Landau
Source: http://www.adrianpiper.de/biography.shtml

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Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn - Message to Mankind

„Optimiere und maximiere nicht, sondern lasse den andern ihren Teil und arbeite lieber etwas härter.“

„Optimize and do not maximize, rather let others have their fair share and work a little harder.”

Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn was born in 1948 and is a German economist. He is the president of the ifo Institut of the University of Munich, one of Germanies largest economy think-tanks. He is one of Germany’s most influential and most cited economists and was a visiting scholar at  the London School of Economics, Stanford University and Princeton University, among others. Sinn is fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was the first German-speaking economist to deliver the Yrjö Jahnsson Lectures in Helsinki (1999) and the Tinbergen Lectures in Amsterdam (2004).

Prof. Sinn ranked top in numerous rankings of economists by such renowned newspapers as Handelsblatt and Financial Times Deutschland. He has published many journal articles, has written numerous newspaper articles, given many newspaper interviews, and more than twenty articles on his person have been published in German and foreign newspapers.Many of his books have set records in sales, sparked academic discussion and generally had a significant impact on German economic policy.

Since 1989 Sinn has served on the Advisory Council of the German Ministry of Economics and he represented the Free State of Bavaria on the Board of Supervisors of HypoVereinsbank for ten years.

Photo: Romy Bonitz; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

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