The Ordered Universe project is very pleased to relay the news that one of its core members, Professor Nader El-Bizri, American University of Beirut, is the recipient of a significant honour for his academic work. The Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, awarded the prestigious internationally peer-refereed Kuwait Prize for the year 2014 on behalf of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) to Nader for his work in the field of Arabic Sciences and Philosophy. The official awards ceremony took place in Kuwait City on Thursday 2 December 2015. It was headed by the Prince, the Crown Prince, cabinet ministers, along with ambassadors and academics. It was followed by a press conference and covered in live broadcasts via the Kuwaiti television, radio, and press. A general description of the event and the mandate/activities of KFAS is available here.
The whole research team would like to congratulate Nader very much indeed, this is a tremendous achievement, especially in light of the current regional circumstances. The range of Nader’s expertise is very broad: from architecture to metaphysics, geometry and optics, modern philosophy, edited texts, commentaries and monographic discussions. He gives us the benefit of both the breadth of expertise and depth of insight and does so extremely generously to the project, acting as a constant source of wisdom on the broader context in which we should hold the development of Grosseteste’s ideas.