Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Director of King Faisal Foundation, yesterday announced the winners of the 2005 King Faisal International Prize. Winners of the Foundation’s annual international prizes in four of the five categories. The Prize for Arabic Language and Literature was not awarded this year, because the candidates' work did not meet the targeted objectives.
The Prize for Service to Islam was awarded jointly to Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali from Saudi Arabia, and the Al-Hariri Foundation of Lebanon. Dr. Ali, who is president of the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank, was awarded the Prize in recognition of his achievements in the field of Islamic banking. Al-Hariri Foundation for its philanthropic work in Lebanon.
The Prize for Islamic Studies was awarded to Professor Carole Hillenbrand from the United Kingdom. Dr. Hillenbrand, who is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh, was awared the prize for her unique pioneering research in the area of Muslims’ defense of their homeland in the 5th and 6th centuries.
The Prize for Medicine was awarded to Professors Sir Richard Doll and Sir Richard Peto of the Clinical Trial Service Unit at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, for their research in epidemiology.
The prize for Science (Physics) was awarded jointly to Professors Federico Capasso and Frank Wilczek from the United States, and Professor Anton Zeilinger from Austria.
Full details are available at the KFF website, http://www.kff.com.