King Faisal Prize (KFP) KFP Website

“The greatness of an individual is not the result of noble descent, but of accomplishments and purpose in life.”

Prince Khalid Alfaisal
Chairman, King Faisal Prize Board

IN THE WORDS OF PRINCE KHALID ALFAISAL
Chairman, King Faisal Prize Board

The greatness of a nation is not measured by the size of its material possessions, but by its role in the progress of mankind. The Islamic nation has established its prominent place in history not through its material resources, but through its vast contributions to the present civilization.
Similarly, the greatness of an individual is not the result of noble descent, but of accomplishments and purpose in life. These were the principles for which Faisal bin Abdulaziz lived, and for which he was martyred. Not only was he a great monarch but also a great missionary of justice and peace, a man of purpose, intellect and passion.
The establishment of the King Faisal Foundation, and the inception of the King Faisal International Prize as one of the Foundation’s projects, drew from the humanitarian and noble values of Islam, which King Faisal held throughout his life. The prize seeks to realize some of his aspirations for the progress of mankind, and particularly his desire to emphasize the role of Arabs and Muslims towards that progress.
The prize was inaugurated 36 years ago, initially in three fields: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies and Arabic Literature. Two additional prizes, Medicine and Science, soon followed.

THE PRIZE

Launched by the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) and granted for the first time in 1979, the King Faisal Prize (KFP) recognizes the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine, and Science. Its aim is to benefit Muslims in their present and future, inspire them to participate in all aspects of civilization, as well as enrich human knowledge and develop mankind. KFP winners are evaluated only based on merit and their works are meticulously examined by specialized selection committees. The strict selection procedure meets international standards, and many of the laureates who have been awarded the prize went on to receive other prestigious prizes, such as the Nobel Prize.

AT A GLANCE

37 years of success 239 laureates 42 nationalities

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Netherlands

2 1

China

1

Canada

5 3

United States of America

1 26 23

Great Britain

1 1 12 12

France

1 1 1 4

Germany

1 3 6

Denmark

1

Sweden

1

Italy

5

Hungary

1

Bosnia

1

Malaysia

3

Philippines

1

Palestine

1 1

Niger

1

Senegal

1

Nigeria

2

South Africa

1

Lebanon

1 1 2

Sudan

1 2 1

Egypt

5 7 22

Saudi Arabia

14 8 3

Pakistan

2

Afghanistan

1

Kuwait

2 1

United Emirates

2

Russia

1 2

Austria

1

Australia

2 1

India

2 2 1

Japan

3 2

Switzerland

2 3

Algeria

1

Tunisia

2

Jordan

2 4

Syria

2 3

Morocco

2 6

Iraq

4 3

Qatar

1

Bangladesh

1

Indonesia

2

Turkey

1 2

WINNERS THIS YEAR

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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Fields Medal in Mathematics
Professor Simon Kirwan Donaldson 2006 1986
Professor Terence Chi-Shen Tao 2010 2006
Professor Gerd Faltings 2014 1986
Professor Enrico Bombieri 2010 1974
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah 1987 1966
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Welch Foundation Prize in Chemistry
Professor Frank A. Cotton 1990 1994
Professor Koji Nakanishi 2003 1996
Professor Ahmed H. Zewail 1989 1997
Professor Pierre Chambon 1988 1998
Professor Richard Zare 2011 1999
Professor George M. Whitesides 2011 2005
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Principe De Asturias Prize
Professor Luc Montagnier 1993 2000
Professor George M. Whitesides2011 2008
Professor Ricardo Miledi 1988 1999
Professor Sir Gregory P. Winter 1995 2012
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize The Crafoord Prize Medal
Professor Edward O.Wilson 2000 1990
Professor Rashid A. Sunyaev 2009 2008
Professor Simon Kirwan Donaldson 2006 1994
Professor Terence Chi-Shen Tao 2010 2012
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine
Professor Richard Zare 2011 2009
Professor Shinya Yamanaka 2011 2010
Professor Jeffrey M. Friedman 2013 2012
Professor Alexander J. Varshavsky2012 2011
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Gottfried Wilhelm Liebnitz Prize
Professor Gerd Faltings 2014 1996
Professor Ferenc Krausz2013 2006
Professor Theodore W. Hanch 1989 1988
Professor Laurens Molenkamp2018 2014
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Marcel Benoist Prize
Professor Dieter Seebach1999 2000
Professor Rudiger Wehner2008 2002
Professor Michael Grätzel2015 2013
Professor Daniel Loss2018 2010
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Awards
Professor Janet D. Rowley 1988 1998
Professor Luc Montagnier 1993 1986
Professor Robert G. Edwards 1989 2001
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Lorentz Gold Medal
Professor Frank Wilczek 2005 2002
Professor Eric Allin Cornell1997 1998
Professor Carl E. Wieman1997 1998
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Kyoto Prize
Professor Shinya Yamanaka2011 2010
Professor George M. Whitesides2011 2003
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Abel Prisen
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah 1987 2004
Professor Andrew J. Wiles 1998 2016
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Albert Einstein Medal
Professor Chen Ning Yang 2001 1995
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Copley Medal of the Royal Society
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah1987 1988
Professor Sydney Brenner1992 1991
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Benjamin Franklin Medal
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah 1987 1993
Professor Edward O.Wilson 2000 1998
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Dirac Medal in Physics
Professor Frank Wilczek 2005 1994
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Edison Medal
Professor Federico Capasso2005 2004
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Bower Prize
Professor Chen Ning Yang2001 1994
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Pulitzer Prize
Professor Edward O.Wilson 2000 1979
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WinnerKing Faisal Prize Nevanlinna Prize in Mathematics
Professor Peter W. Shor2002 1998

THE YEARLY CYCLE

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kfip TOPICS ANNOUNCED kfip WINNERS’ SELECTION kfip WINNERS ANNOUNCED kfip AWARD CEREMONY

THE YEARLY CYCLE

  • TOPICS ANNOUNCED

    Topics for each of the 5 categories are chosen
  • WINNERS’ SELECTION

    • Nominations are made by institutions in the field
    • Nominations are sorted to ensure compliance with the prize
    • Nominations are reviewed to the highest standards
    • Nominations are sent to referees for evaluation
    • Final decision is made based on merit and recommendations
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    In January, after the Selection Committees conclude their meetings, Prince Khalid Alfaisal announces the names of the winners.
  • AWARD CEREMONY

    The winners are invited to receive their awards during a ceremony held for this purpose, under the auspices of the King of Saudi Arabia.

ACROSS THE YEARS

The early years of the King Faisal International Prize,  from left to right, Prince Khalid Alfaisal, Prince Abdallah Alfaisal, King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz.

The early years of the King Faisal International Prize, from left to right, Prince Khalid Alfaisal, Prince Abdallah Alfaisal, King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz.

The King Faisal International Prize, in cooperation with The Royal Society, held a Symposium in London entitled “ Science and Medicine in the 21st Century- A Global Perspective”. The event celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Science and Medicine Prizes. The photograph shows the previous winners of this prize.

The King Faisal International Prize, in cooperation with The Royal Society, held a Symposium in London entitled “ Science and Medicine in the 21st Century- A Global Perspective”. The event celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Science and Medicine Prizes. The photograph shows the previous winners of this prize.

30th anniversary of the King Faisal International Prize, where all previous winners were invited to attend.

30th anniversary of the King Faisal International Prize, where all previous winners were invited to attend.

Professor Fuat M. Sezgin, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 1979 (1399H)

Professor Fuat M. Sezgin, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 1979 (1399H)

Shaikh Sayyid Abul A’la Al-Mawdodi, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1979 (1399H)

Shaikh Sayyid Abul A’la Al-Mawdodi, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1979 (1399H)

H.M. King Khalid Bin Abdulaziz, the first King to receive the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1981 (1401H)

H.M. King Khalid Bin Abdulaziz, the first King to receive the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1981 (1401H)

Professor David C. Morley, the first winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1982 (1402H)

Professor David C. Morley, the first winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1982 (1402H)

Professor Sir Michael J. Berridge, one of the first winners of the King Faisal International prize in Science, 1986 (1406H)

Professor Sir Michael J. Berridge, one of the first winners of the King Faisal International prize in Science, 1986 (1406H)

King Fahad Bin Abd Al-Aziz awards the 1987 (1407H) King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam to Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi. The distinguished laureate is Nigeria’s Grand Mufti and Supreme Advisor on Islamic Affairs.

King Fahad Bin Abdulaziz awards the 1987 (1407H) King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam to Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi. The distinguished laureate is Nigeria’s Grand Mufti and Supreme Advisor on Islamic Affairs.

Professor Janet D. Rawley, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, and the first female winner, 1988 (1408H)

Professor Janet D. Rawley, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, and the first female winner, 1988 (1408H)

Professor Ahmed H. Zewail, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Science, 1989 (1409H)

Professor Ahmed H. Zewail, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Science, 1989 (1409H)

Dr. Francois Barré-Sinoussi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1993 (1413H)

Dr. Francois Barré-Sinoussi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 1993 (1413H)

President Alija Izetbegoviç, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1993 (1413H)

President Alija Izetbegoviç, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1993 (1413H)

Professor Aisha Abd Al-Rahman, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Professor Aisha Abdulrahman, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Professor Wadad A. Kadi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Professor Wadad A. Kadi, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1994 (1414H)

Mrs. Salma L. Al-Kowzbari, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1995 (1415H)

Mrs. Salma L. Al-Kowzbari, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1995 (1415H)

The King Faisal Foundation held, in cooperation with Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, a symposium entitled “Islam and the Arab Culture in the New World” in 1995 (1415H) and it was attended by many guests and previous winners of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, and Arabic Literature.

The King Faisal Foundation held, in cooperation with Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, a symposium entitled “Islam and the Arab Culture in the New World” in 1995 (1415H) and it was attended by many guests and previous winners of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, and Arabic Literature.

Hon. Dr. Mahathir bin Muhammad, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1997 (1417H)

Hon. Dr. Mahathir bin Muhammad, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1997 (1417H)

H.E. President Abdou Diouf, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1998 (1418H)

H.E. President Abdou Diouf, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 1998 (1418H)

Professor Makarim Ghamri, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1999 (1419H)

Professor Makarim Ghamri, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 1999 (1419H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International Prize in 2000 (1420H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International Prize in 2000 (1420H)

Professor Cynthia Kenyon of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2000 (1420H)

Professor Cynthia Kenyon of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2000 (1420H)

Professor Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al Saafin, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 2001 (1421H)

Professor Ibrahim Abd Al-Rahim Al Saafin, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature, 2001 (1421H)

Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2003 (1423H)

Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2003 (1423H)

Professor Carol Hillenbrand, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 2005 (1425H)

Professor Carol Hillenbrand, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Islamic Studies, 2005 (1425H)

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abd Allah bin Abd Al-Aziz, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2008 (1428H)

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abd Allah bin Abdulaziz, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2008 (1428H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2008 (1428H), amongst the winners is King Abd Allah Bin Abdulaziz.

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2008 (1428H), amongst the winners is King Abd Allah Bin Abdulaziz.

Professor Johanne Martel-Pelletier, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2010 (1430H)

Professor Johanne Martel-Pelletier, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2010 (1430H)

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2010 (1430H)

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, winner of the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2010 (1430H)

Professor Shinya Yamanaka, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2011 (1431H), who went on to receive a Nobel Prize two years later.

Professor Shinya Yamanaka, co-winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2011 (1431H), who went on to receive a Nobel Prize two years later.

Professor Alexander J. Varshavsky, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Biology, 2012 (1432H)

Professor Alexander J. Varshavsky, winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Biology, 2012 (1432H)

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2015 (1436H), amongst the winners is King Salman Bin Abdulaziz.

A group photograph of the winners of the King Faisal International prize in 2015 (1436H), amongst the winners is King Salman Bin Abdulaziz.

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