Prix mondial Cino Del Duca
The Prix mondial Cino Del Duca (Cino Del Duca World Prize) is an international literary award
Literary award
A literary award is an award presented to an author who has written a particularly lauded piece or body of work. There are awards for forms of writing ranging from poetry to novels. Many awards are also dedicated to a certain genre of fiction or non-fiction writing . There are also awards...


Origins and operations

It was established in 1969 in France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 by Simone Del Duca
Simone Del Duca
Simone Del Duca was a French businesswoman, a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, and major philanthropist. Married to French publishing magnate Cino Del Duca, on his death in 1967 she was left with a considerable fortune...

 (1912–2004) to continue the work of her husband, publishing magnate Cino Del Duca
Cino Del Duca
Cino Del Duca was an Italian-born businessman film producer and philanthropist who moved to France in 1923 where he made a fortune in the French publishing business.-Biography:...


Designed to recognize and reward an author
An author is broadly defined as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work.-Legal significance:...

 whose work constitutes, in a scientific or literary form, a message of modern humanism, the award currently carries 300,000
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In 1975, Madame Del Luca established the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation
Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation
The Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation is a charitable foundation based in Paris, France. It was established in 1975 by Simone Del Duca , widow of publishing magnate Cino Del Duca...

 for a variety of philanthropic
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 purposes and it assumed responsibility for the award. Following her death in 2004, the foundation was placed under the auspices of the Institut de France
Institut de France
The Institut de France is a French learned society, grouping five académies, the most famous of which is the Académie française.The institute, located in Paris, manages approximately 1,000 foundations, as well as museums and chateaux open for visit. It also awards prizes and subsidies, which...



  • 1969 : Konrad Lorenz
    Konrad Lorenz
    Konrad Zacharias Lorenz was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist. He shared the 1973 Nobel Prize with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch...

    , Austrian zoologist and ornithologist
  • 1970 : Jean Anouilh
    Jean Anouilh
    Jean Marie Lucien Pierre Anouilh was a French dramatist whose career spanned five decades. Though his work ranged from high drama to absurdist farce, Anouilh is best known for his 1943 play Antigone, an adaptation of Sophocles' Classical drama, that was seen as an attack on Marshal Pétain's...

    , French dramatist
  • 1971 : Ignazio Silone
    Ignazio Silone
    Ignazio Silone was the pseudonym of Secondino Tranquilli, an Italian author and politician.-Early life and career:...

    , Italian author
  • 1972 : Victor Weisskopf
    Victor Frederick Weisskopf
    Victor Frederick Weisskopf was an Austrian-born Jewish American theoretical physicist. He did postdoctoral work with Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr...

    , Austrian-American physicist
  • 1973 : Jean Guéhenno
    Jean Guéhenno
    Marcel-Jules-Marie Guéhenno, known as Jean Guéhenno was a French essayist, writer and literary critic....

    , French writer
  • 1974 : Andrei Sakharov
    Andrei Sakharov
    Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was a Soviet nuclear physicist, dissident and human rights activist. He earned renown as the designer of the Soviet Union's Third Idea, a codename for Soviet development of thermonuclear weapons. Sakharov was an advocate of civil liberties and civil reforms in the...

    , Soviet nuclear physicist
  • 1975 : Alejo Carpentier
    Alejo Carpentier
    Alejo Carpentier y Valmont was a Cuban novelist, essayist, and musicologist who greatly influenced Latin American literature during its famous "boom" period. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Carpentier grew up in Havana, Cuba; and despite his European birthplace, Carpentier strongly self-identified...

    , Cuban writer
  • 1976 : Lewis Mumford
    Lewis Mumford
    Lewis Mumford was an American historian, philosopher of technology, and influential literary critic. Particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture, he had a broad career as a writer...

    , American historian
  • 1977 : Germaine Tillion
    Germaine Tillion
    Germaine Tillion born in Allègre in Haute-Loire on May 30, 1907 – April 18, 2008) was a French anthropologist, best known for her work in Algeria in the 1950s on behalf of the French government.- Anthropology of the Chaoui :...

    , French anthropologist
  • 1978 : Léopold Sédar Senghor
    Léopold Sédar Senghor
    Léopold Sédar Senghor was a Senegalese poet, politician, and cultural theorist who for two decades served as the first president of Senegal . Senghor was the first African elected as a member of the Académie française. Before independence, he founded the political party called the Senegalese...

    , Senegalese poet and statesman
  • 1979 : Jean Hamburger
    Jean Hamburger
    Jean Hamburger was a French physician, surgeon and essayist. He is particularly known for his contribution to nephrology, and for having performed the first renal transplantation in France in 1952.-Biography:...

    , French surgeon and essayist
  • 1980 : Jorge Luis Borges
    Jorge Luis Borges
    Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo , known as Jorge Luis Borges , was an Argentine writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. In 1914 his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school, receiving his baccalauréat from the Collège de Genève in 1918. The family...

    , Argentine writer
  • 1981 : Ernst Jünger
    Ernst Jünger
    Ernst Jünger was a German writer. In addition to his novels and diaries, he is well known for Storm of Steel, an account of his experience during World War I. Some say he was one of Germany's greatest modern writers and a hero of the conservative revolutionary movement following World War I...

    , German author
  • 1982 : Yachar Kemal, Turkish writer
  • 1983 : Jacques Ruffié, French writer and educator
  • 1984 : Georges Dumézil
    Georges Dumézil
    Georges Dumézil was a French comparative philologist best known for his analysis of sovereignty and power in Proto-Indo-European religion and society...

    , French comparative philologist
  • 1985 : William Styron
    William Styron
    William Clark Styron, Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work.For much of his career, Styron was best known for his novels, which included...

    , American novelist
  • 1986 : Thierry Maulnier
    Thierry Maulnier
    Thierry Maulnier was a French journalist, essayist, dramatist, and literary critic.-Before 1940:...

    , French writer
  • 1987 : Denis Burkitt
    Denis Parsons Burkitt
    Denis Parsons Burkitt , surgeon, was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland. He was the son of James Parsons Burkitt. Aged eleven he lost his right eye in an accident. He attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen and Dean Close School, England...

    , British surgeon
  • 1988 : Henri Gouhier
    Henri Gouhier
    Henri Gouhier was a French philosopher, a historian of philosophy, and a literary critic.Born in Auxerre, Yonne, his educational studies led to a doctorate in 1926...

    , French philosopher and historian
  • 1989 : Carlos Chagas Filho
    Carlos Chagas Filho
    Carlos Chagas Filho was a Brazilian physician, biologist and scientist active in the field of neuroscience. He was internationally renowned for his investigations on the neural mechanisms underlying the phenomenon of electrogenesis by the electroplaques of electric fishes...

    , Brazilian physician and biologist

  • 1990 : Jorge Amado
    Jorge Amado
    Jorge Leal Amado de Faria was a Brazilian writer of the Modernist school. He was the best-known of modern Brazilian writers, his work having been translated into some 49 languages and popularized in film, notably Dona Flor and her Two Husbands in 1978...

    , Brazilian novelist
  • 1991 : Michel Jouvet
    Michel Jouvet
    Michel Valentin Marcel Jouvet is Emeritus Professor of Experimental Medicine at the University of Lyon. He spent one year in the laboratory of the Horace Magoun in Long Beach, California in 1955...

    , French neurological researcher
  • 1992 : Ismail Kadare
    Ismail Kadare
    Ismail Kadare is an Albanian writer. He is known for his novels, although he was first noticed for his poetry collections. In the 1960s he focused on short stories until the publication of his first novel, The General of the Dead Army. In 1996 he became a lifetime member of the Academy of Moral...

    , Albanian writer
  • 1993 : Robert Mallet, French poet and essayist
  • 1994 : Yves Pouliquen
    Yves Pouliquen
    Yves Pouliquen was born 17 February 1931 in Mortain, France. A doctor by profession, his work has been dedicated to the pathology of the cornea. In 1994 he was awarded the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca and on 29 November 2001 he was elected to the Académie française...

    , French medical researcher
  • 1995 : Yves Bonnefoy
    Yves Bonnefoy
    Yves Bonnefoy is a French poet and essayist. Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, the son of a railroad worker and a teacher....

    , French poet and essayist
  • 1996 : Alain F. Carpentier
    Alain F. Carpentier
    Alain Frédéric Carpentier M.D. Ph.D. is a French surgeon whom the President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery calls the father of modern mitral valve repair. He is the recipient of the 2007 Lasker Prize.-Biography:A professor emeritus at Pierre and Marie Curie University, in the...

    , French heart surgeon
  • 1997 : Václav Havel
    Václav Havel
    Václav Havel is a Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic . He has written over twenty plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally...

    , Czech writer and statesman
  • 1998 : Zhen-yi Wang
    Zhen-yi Wang
    Zhen-yi Wang is a Chinese pathophysiologist, hematologist, and the Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Pathophysiology at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.-Biography:...

    , Chinese pathophysiologist
  • 1999 : Henri Amouroux
    Henri Amouroux
    Henri Amouroux was a French historian and journalist.-Life and career:Henri Amouroux was born in the French city of Périgueux on 1 July 1920. After studying at the ECJ, he began his career as a journalist during World War II and joined a French Resistance group based in Bordeaux...

    , French historian
  • 2000 : Jean Leclant
    Jean Leclant
    Jean Leclant was a renowned Egyptologist who was an Honorary Professor at the College of France, Permanent Secretary of the Academy of Inscriptions and Letters of the Institut de France, and Honorary Secretary of the ....

    , French Egyptologist
  • 2001 : Yvon Gattaz, French businessman
  • 2002 : François Nourissier
    François Nourissier
    François Nourissier was a French journalist and writer.Nourissier was the secretary-general of Éditions Denoël , editor of the review La Parisienne , and an adviser with the Éditions Grasset Paris publishing house .In 1970, he won the Prix Femina for his book La crève...

    , French writer
  • 2003 : Nicole Le Douarin, French embryologist
  • 2004 :
  • 2005 : Simon Leys
    Pierre Ryckmans
    Pierre Ryckmans , who also uses the pen-name Simon Leys, is a writer, sinologist, essayist and literary critic....

    , Belgian writer
  • 2006 : Jean Clair
    Jean Clair
    Jean Clair is the nom de plume of Gérard Régnier . He is an essayist, a polemicist, an art historian, an art conservator, and a member of the French Academy since May, 2008. He was, for many years, the director of the Picasso Museum in Paris...

    , French essayist and art historian
  • 2007 : Mona Ozouf, French historian and writer
  • 2008 : Mario Vargas Llosa
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian-Spanish writer, politician, journalist, essayist, and Nobel Prize laureate. Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading authors of his generation...

    , Peruvian and Spanish writer
  • 2009 : Milan Kundera
    Milan Kundera
    Milan Kundera , born 1 April 1929, is a writer of Czech origin who has lived in exile in France since 1975, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1981. He is best known as the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, and The Joke. Kundera has written in...

    , French and Czech writer
  • 2010 : Patrick Modiano
    Patrick Modiano
    Patrick Modiano is a French novelist born 30 July 1945 in Boulogne-Billancourt of a father of Jewish Italian origins and a Belgian mother, Louisa Colpijn . He is a winner of the Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française in 1972, the Prix Goncourt in 1978 for his novel Rue des boutiques obscures...

    , French writer

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