Place of Ceremony: Palacio de Bellas Artes
Host Institution: Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Host Country: México City, México
In 1988 the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City and the National Polytechnic Institute acted as host to the World Cultural Council, Prof. Margaret Burbidge, was selected as the recipient of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in recognition to her fundamental contributions to several areas of astrophysics, namely: the stellar composition of stars, spectroscopy of normal galaxies, properties, rotations, and masses of stars and the physical properties, energy sources and radiation mechanisms of quasars. Prof. Burbidge is widely acknowledged for her work on the theory of quasars.
The José Vasconcelos World Award of Education was delivered to Prof. Gilbert De Landsheere in recognition to his 40 year fight to upgrade teacher education for all levels of instruction. His continuous effort to develop European empirical education research in order to influence the whole art of teaching is also quite notable.