Glittering ceremony for Onassis awards

It was a double celebration: the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aristotle Onassis, which was celebrated by the foundation that bears the name of his son Alexandros, and the 30th anniversary of the foundation itself and its generous contribution to education and culture. At a glittering ceremony held at the Athens Concert Hall, the International Onassis Prizes were awarded. Each prize is accompanied by the sum of $200,000, and so in addition to the moral satisfaction give the winners considerable assistance with their goals and research. Greek President Karolos Papoulias conferred the awards in the presence of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis. The winners were the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice, represented by its director Chryssa Maltezou; the National Center for Hellenic Studies and Research at La Trobe University, Melbourne, represented by its director Anastasios Tamis; the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard, represented by its director Gregory Nagy; and Athens Academy member and physicist Dimitris Nanopoulos, who is researching unified theory at Texas A&M University. As Onassis Foundation President Antonis Papadimitriou said: «The 2006 Onassis Prizes look to the future through the experience of today. We chose prizes that sport a vision, an ongoing activity. The prizes look to the future but they also recall from where we draw part of our pride in our nation.»