The St. Botolph Club Foundation, located in Boston, Massachusetets has awarded MIT professor Alan Lightman the Distinguished Artist Award.
Lightman, the first MIT professor to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities, currently serves as Professor of the Practice of the Humanities. His novel Einstein’s Dreams was an international best seller, has been translated into thirty languages, and was a runner up for the 1994 PEN New England/Boston Globe Winship Award. His novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award in fiction.
In addition, Lightman has written extensively about science, the human side of science, and the “mind of science.” He is also the founder of the Harpswell Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia and, eventually, throughout south Asia and the developing world.
About the Award
The Distinguished Artist Award was established by the St. Botolph Club in 1963 to honor artists
who have demonstrated outstanding talent and an exceptional diversity of accomplishment, and who also are recognized for their contributions as teachers, mentors, or advocates. The club will honor Lightman at a program in May.
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