About Us

The World Cultural Council is a non-profit international organization, based in Mexico, whose objectives are to promote culture, values and goodwill throughout the world. One of the means by which it strives to do so is by granting the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts to outstanding personalities whose work has had a significantly positive impact on the cultural legacy of mankind. The members of the Council include several Nobel laureates.

It was in 1981, on the inspiration of 124 distinguished scholars, university presidents and organization executives from the world over, that the WCC was founded and, in 1984, the first Award Ceremony took place.

The World Cultural Council is composed of a directing body headed by an Honorary President, Vice-president, Executive Director, Secretary General and an Interdisciplinary Committee made up of outstanding scientific, artistic and educational personalities.

The Interdisciplinary Committee evaluates annually the candidates nominated to participate in the “Albert Einstein“, the “José Vasconcelos” and the “Leonardo da Vinci” Awards.

MembersDirective BoardObjectivesMissionVision

Founder Members of the World Cultural Council
(Interdisciplinary Committee)

The WCC came on the inspiration of 124 distinguished personalities from the five continents.

Christian B. Anfinsen (USA)
Werner Arber (Switzerland)
James Baddiley (UK)
M. Balasegaram (Malaysia)
Frank Barnaby (UK)
Christiaan Barnard (S. Africa)
Colin Blakemore (UK)
Aage N. Bohr (Denmark)
Norman Borlaug (USA)
Harold G. Callan (UK)
Andre F. Cournand (USA)
William J. Darby (USA)
Eduardo de Robertis (Argentina)
Cornelis de Jager (Netherlands)
Guy Blaudin de The (France)
Jean Francois Denisse (France)
Venancio Deulofeu (Argentina)
Frank J. Dixon (USA)
Richard S. Doll (UK)
Audouin Dollfus (France)
Jacques E. Dubois (France)
Gerald Durrell (UK)
Francisco J. Dy (Philippines)
John C. Eccles (Australia)
Paul Ehrlich (USA)
Manfred Eigen (Germany)
Mohammed El Fasi (Morocco)
Ernest L. Eliel (USA)
Kenneth O. Emergy (USA)
José Rafael Estrada (México)
Hans J. Eysenck (UK)
Don W. Fawcett (USA)
David J. Finney (UK)
Val L. Fitch (USA)
Carl G. Gahmberg (Finland)
Alfred D. Hershey (USA)
Gerhard Herzberg (Canada)
David H. Hubel (USA)
Osmo H. Järvi (Finland)
Reginald V. Jones (UK)
Adrian Kantrowitz (USA)
Nathan O. Kaplan (USA)
Leo A. Kaprio (Finland)
Vasso Karageorghis (Cyprus)
Peter E. Kent (UK)
Donald W. Kerst (USA)
Seymour S. Kety (USA)
Prem N. Kirpal (India)
Georges B. Koelle (USA)
Walther Manshard (Germany)
Georges Mathe (France)
William D. Mc Elroy (USA)
Henry McIlwain (UK)
John McMichael (UK)
Jerrold Meinwald (USA)
Harry Melville (UK)
Desmond J. Morris (UK)
Giuseppe Moruzzi (Italy)
Nevill Mott (UK)
Vernon B. Mountcastle (USA)
Robert S. Mulliken (USA)
Walter H. Munk (USA)
Ilie Murgulescu (Rumania)
Jayant V. Narlikar (India)
Louis E. F. Neel (France)
Yuval Ne´eman (Israel)
Bernhard H. Neumann (Australia)
William A. Nierenberg (USA)
Marshall W. Nirenberg (USA)
George E. Palade (USA)
Arthur B. Pardee (USA)
David Phillips (UK)
Jacques Piccard (Switzerland)
Jens J. Pindborg (Denmark)
Comlan A. A. Quenum (Benin)
Hermann Rahn (USA)
G. N. Ramachandran (India)
Gunnar Randers (Norway)
Chintamani N. R. Rao (India)
Rex Richards (UK)
Jean Rosch (France)
Abraham J. A. Roux (S. Africa)
Stanley K. Runcorn (UK)
Donald H. Sadler (UK)
Hakim Mohammed Said (Pakistan)
Nobufusa Saito (Japan)
Abdus Salam (Pakistan)
Stuart J. Saunders (S. Africa)
Menahem M. Schiffer (USA)
William G. Schneider (Canada)
Glenn T. Seaborg (USA)
Ernest R. Sears (USA)
Frederick Seitz (USA)
Leonard T. Skeggs (USA)
Stefan Slopek (Poland)
George J. Smets (Belgium)
George D. Snell (USA)
Leonard Sosnowski (Poland)
Roger W. Sperry (USA)
Lyman Spitzer (USA)
Frederick Stewart (UK)
Heikki Suomalainen (Finland)
Pol Swings (Belgium)
Charles Tanford (USA)
Henry Taube (USA)
John M. Tedder (UK)
Edward Teller (USA)
Howard Temin (USA)
Harold Thompson (UK)
Peter C. Thonemann (UK)
Phillip V. Tobias (S. Africa)
Alexander R. Todd (UK)
J. Peter Toennies (USA)
Andrzej Trautman (Poland)
Jean L. F. Tricart (France)
Ioan Ursu (Rumania)
Constantin Vago (France)
Eugene Van Tamelen (USA)
Ulf S. Von Euler (Sweden)
Alan Walsh (UK)
William J. Whelan (UK)
Karel F. Wiesner (Canada)
Rosalyn S. Yalow (USA)
John Z. Young (UK)


Members of the World Cultural Council

(Interdisciplinary Committee)

Mohamed Ali Abrougui (Tunisia)
Patrick Aebischer (Switzerland)
Alberto Aguilera (USA)
Eva Åkesson (Sweden)
Raymond Andersen (Canada)
Jesus Arias-Chavez (Mexico)
J. O. Arunga (Kenya)
René Asomoza Palacio (Mexico)
Adel R. Awad (Syria)
Victor Axiak (Malta)
Angelo Azzi (Italy)
Franco Baldi (Italy)
Dennis Baldocchi (USA)
Michael J. Balick (USA)
Monique Barbut (Germany)
Lestaw M. Bartelski (Poland)
Robert J. Beeton (Australia)
Saara L. Bennet (Bangladesh)
Andre Berger (Belgium)
Devendra Bhargava (India)
Karen A. Bjorndal (USA)
Glynis M. Breakwell (UK)
Joan F. Brennecke (USA)
Vivia Bruni (Italy)
Antonio Busalacchi (USA)
Michael J. Canoy (Bolivia)
Arup Chakraborty (USA)
D. Chandramohan (India)
Brian F.C. Clark (Denmark)
Ronald C. Cohen (USA)
Edoardo Crevatin (Italy)
Paul Crutzen (Germany)
Carlos R. de Alba Perez (Mexico)
Ramon de la Peña (Mexico)
Stephen de Mora (UK)
Consuelo de Moraes (Switzerland)
Paulo de T. Alvim (Brazil)
Pablo G. Debenedetti (USA)
John P. Dempsey (USA)
Vittorio di Girolamo Carlini (Chile)
Donald Bruce Dingwell (Germany)
Kim Doochul (South Korea)
Larry Dubinski (USA)
Henry L. Ehrlich (USA)
Solmundur Tr. Einarsson (Iceland)
Gerhard Ertl (Germany)
Giancarlo Fava (Italy)
Sonja Fielitz (Germany)
Edmond H. Fischer (USA)
Bentsion S. Fleyshman (USA)
Ulrich Foelsche (Austria)
Ayala Gavish (Israel)
Stefan Gierowski (Poland)
Irvy (Igle) Gledhill (South Africa)
Charles R. Goldman (USA)
R. Natalie Goodall (Argentina)
Brij Gopal (India)
Giorgio Graziosi (Italy)
Reinmar Grimm (Germany)
Klaus Groh (Germany)
David J. Gross (USA)
Peter J. Grubb (UK)
Peter Gullestad (Norway)
Brahim Haddane (Morocco)
Ole Hamann (Denmark)
Maria Dorit Hansen (Germany)
Gareth C.H. Harding (Canada)
Arlen K. Hastings (USA)
Tony Haymet (USA)
Andre Heck (France)
Joel T. Heinen (USA)
Gerhard Heiss (Germany)
P.A. Henderson (UK)
Dudley Herschbach (USA)
Geoffrey R.F. Hicks (New Zealand)
Tatsuo Higa (Japan)
Geoffrey L. Holroyd (Canada)
Miroslav Holub (Czech Rep.)
Mary A. Hood (USA)
John N. Hooper (Australia)
Robert Huber (Germany)
Satu Huttunen (Finland)
Hugh E. Huxley (USA)
Thomas M. Iliffe (USA)
Sören Illman (Finland)
John L. Innes (Canada)
Ulrich F. G. Irmler (Germany)
Hiroyuki Ishi (Japan)
Rani Mary Jacob (India)
Sudhanshu Jain (India)
David J. James (UK)
Dale Jamieson (USA)
Vladimir Jankovic (UK)
Geraim Jones (UK)
Sven E. Jørgensen (Denmark)
Kamaruzaman Jusoff (Malaysia)
Ashok A. Karande (India)
Alar Karis (Estonia)
Mohamed Kassas (Egypt)
Hiroya Kawanabe (Japan)
Adolf K. Kellermann (Denmark)
Bong-Heang Kiew (Malaysia)
David R. Klein (USA)
Ravinder Kohli (India)
Eugene V. Krasnov (Russia)
Harry W. Kroto (UK)
Julia M. Kubanek (USA)
H. D. Kulkarin (India)
Markku Kulmala (Finland)
Kalevi Kull (Estonia)
Kalimedu Lakshmanan (India)
Jugal Lal (India)
Sine Larsen (Denmark)
Patrick Lassus (France)
Rik Leemans (The Netherlands)
Jean-Marie Lehn (France)

Rafale Lemaitre (USA)
Santiago Lens (Spain)
Alfredo Liberatori (Italy)
Armando Llop (Argentina)
Domingo Madulid (Philippines)
Eckhard Mandelkow (Germany)
John P. Maier (Switzerland)
Arthur Mangalik (Indonesia)
Terence A. Mansfield (UK)
Nancy H. Marcus (USA)
Michael A. Marletta (USA)
Rene Marquez-Millan (Mexico)
Yuri Marusik (Russia)
Michael B. Mathews (USA)
John McCabe (UK)
Alasdair D. McIntyre (UK)
Jeffrey A. McNeely (Switzerland)
A. Memmi (France)
Harry Messel (Australia)
Andras Mihaly (Hungary)
Jose Luis Viejo Montesinos (Spain)
Miguel Morey (Spain)
Mohan Munasinghe (Sri Lanka)
Yukitaka Murakami (Japan)
Ghislaine Murray (Italy)
Vitarana Nanayakkara (Sri Lanka)
M. Param Nayar (India)
Jurgen Nicolai (Germany)
Risto Nieminen (Finland)
Carsten Niemitz (Germany)
Robert I. Nigmatulin (Russia)
Jussi Nuorteva (Finland)
Hideo Obara (Japan)
Ricardo A. Ojeda (Argentina)
Münir Ozturk (Turkey)
S. G. Pal (India)
Csillag Palne (Hungary)
Satish Pandeya (India)
Arthur B. Pardee (USA)
David J. Parsons (USA)
David N. Pegler (UK)
Jennifer Penney (Canada)
Roberto T. Perez Rodriguez (Mexico)
George F. Peterken (UK)
Oliver I. B. Phillips (UK)
Jan K. Pinowski (Poland)
Jeffrey J. B. Polovina (USA)
Juan Elias Ponce Velez (Peru)
H. Vincent Poor (USA)
Ralph J. Portier (USA)
Malcolm Potts (Qatar)
Ghillean Prance (UK)
Klaus Priebe (Germany)
Elisabeth Rachlew (Sweden)
Prakash Raje (India)
John Rappole (USA)
Peter Read (UK)
J. N. Reddy (USA)
Peter J. H. Reijnders (The Netherlands)
Leonīds Ribickis (Latvia)
Richard Robarts (Canada)
Ramon A. Rosell (Argentina)
Klaus Ruetzler (USA)
Egil Sakshaug (Norway)
Galina Samsova (UK)
Boguslaw Schaeffer (Poland)
George B. Schaller (USA)
Mark S. Schlissel (USA)
Margarita Schultz (Argentina)
Peter Scott (UK)
Jukka Seppälä (Finland)
Subrat Sharma (India)
Kaushalendra P. Singh (India)
Erik A. Sjorgren (Sweden)
J. C. Skou (Denmark)
Bohdan M. Slabyj (USA)
Alexander Smits (USA)
Aprilani Soegiarto (Indonesia)
Raymond L. Specht (Australia)
Jonathan W. Spencer (UK)
Clive A. Spinage (UK)
Irina Springuel (Egypt)
Rassmee Sroivattana (Thailand)
A. Julia Stähler (Germany)
Richard Stalter (USA)
Jack A. Stanford (USA)
Jaromir Stephany (USA)
Thomas Stocker (Switzerland)
Pauline King Sullivan (Ireland)
Joe Sultana (Malta)
Mahhargo Suprapto (Indonesia)
Gülerman Ali Sürücü (Turkey)
Jean Pierre Swings (Belgium)
Eduardo Tarifeño Silva (Chile)
Nigel Thrift (UK)
Hans Thybo (Denmark)
Nina V. Timofeeva (Russia)
Luis Eugenio Todd (Mexico)
Minh Quang Tran (Switzerland)
Shimon Ulitzur (Israel)
Michael B. Usher (UK)
Turhan Uslu (Turkey)
Jesus Valdes Reyna (Mexico)
Paul van Cauwenberge (Belgium)
William Vazan (Canada)
Luc Vinet (Canada)
Sylvia Wald (USA)
John Walker (UK)
Tsen C. Wang (USA)
Gullaya Wattayakorn (Thailand)
Richard Wilbur (USA)
James G. Wilson (Ireland)
Georg Winckler (Austria)
Karen Worth (USA)
Steve Yates (USA)

Directive Board
The World Cultural Council is constituted by a Directive Board presided by Prof. Sir Colin Blakemore and an Interdisciplinary Committee formed by eminent scientific personalities in sixty countries over the world.

The Directive Board receives support from private grants through a Board of Trustees.

The World Cultural Council acknowledges individuals or institutions that have made outstanding achievements in science, education and the arts, by means of its awards.

Objectives
The most important objectives of the World Cultural Council are:

  • To establish relations with the most important scientific, cultural, educational and social institutions throughout the world.
  • To collect data and useful research aimed at improving the social, cultural, moral and spiritual advancement of humankind.
  • To reward scientific research which brings progress to mankind.
  • To integrate scientists, educators and researchers at the highest level in order to maintain a constant and enriching communication.
  • To recognise educational contributions that have had a significant influence on the advancement of the scope of culture.
  • To promote art in all its expressions and to reward those artists whose work is most deserving of world recognition.

Mission
The final objective is to increase the efficient and positive use of knowledge and to promote fraternity among people, nations and governments, looking for a true understanding among all, based on the respect for the ideology, opinion, religion, race, and gender of each person.

Vision
The World Cultural Council will maintain and further its commitment to select, recognize and reward international excellence in the fields of science, education and arts, by annually granting its Awards to those people across the globe who tirelessly persist in their respective discipline, striving for the progress of mankind.

Through our endeavors, we aspire to make a contribution to a culture which brings the inhabitants of this planet towards a better world, in which ideological, ethnic, social and all other differences are respected, and where prejudice against and suspicion of what is different are ended, a culture that promotes progress by improving the quality of our lives and our ecological environment, and fulfils our life with enriched attainments.