Date: 08 November 1989
Place of Ceremony: Edgerton Lecture Hall
Host Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Host Country: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
The Official Awarding Ceremony took place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among the many pioneering contributions to biochemistry done by Dr. Martin Kamen, winner of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science, the best known is his 1940 discovery, in collaboration with S. Ruben at the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley, of the Long-lived radioactive carbon isotope 14C. The availability of this isotope, and its use as a tracer was one of the most important single factors in the development of the field of molecular biology.
The World Cultural Council presented by first time the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts and it is granted on its first edition to the Acropolis Preservation Group, recognising a concerted effort that began 25 years ago by the Greek government to conserve the monuments on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, after they were found to be beset by fractures and breaks and changes in the surface of the marble.