Awards Current Affairs 2017

Paul Beatty wins 2016 Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty (54) has won the 2016 Man Booker Prize. With this he becomes the first US author to win this prestigious literary award.

He was bestowed with this award for his racial satirical novel ‘The Sellout’ at a ceremony held in London’s Guildhall. His novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles.

About Paul Beatty

  • He was born in Los Angeles in 1962.
  • He had received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and an MA in psychology from Boston University.
  • His novels are The White Boy Shuffle (1996), Tuff (2000), Slumberland (2008) and The Sellout (2015).
  • In 2016, he was bestowed with the National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction) for his novel The Sellout.

About Man Booker Prize

  • The Man Booker Prize world’s most prestigious English-language literary award. It was launched in 1969 and presented by the Man Group.
  • The award aims at promoting the finest literary work in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.
  • It carries cash prize of 50,000 pounds. The authors are shortlisted by judges from a wide range of disciplines and all with a passion for quality fiction.
  • The 2015 Man Booker Prize was conferred on Jamaican author Marlon James for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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Sir David Cox honoured with first International Prize in Statistics

Noted British statistician Sir David Cox (92) was awarded inaugural recipient of the International Prize in Statistics.

The International Prize in Statistics Foundation has bestowed this award on Sir David Cox in recognition of Survival Analysis Model (or Cox Model) Applied in Medicine, Science, and Engineering.

About Sir David Cox

  • Sir David Cox is renowned statistician born on 15 July 1924 in Birmingham, England.
  • He is known for developing the proportional hazards model i.e. Cox Model in 1992. His model is widely used in analysis of survival data which enables researchers to more easily identify risks of specific factors for mortality or other survival outcomes among groups of patients with disparate characteristics.
  • He is a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and fellow of the Royal Society, an honorary fellow of the British Academy.
  • He has served as President of Bernoulli Society, Royal Statistical Society and International Statistical Institute.
  • Awards and Honours: Copley Medal (2010), he was knighted in 1985.

About International Prize in Statistics

  • The prestigious award given by the International Prize in Statistics Foundation. It recognizes a major achievement of an individual or team in the field of statistics.
  • The Prize aims at promoting understanding of the growing importance and diverse ways statistics, probability and data analysis. It carries monetary award of US 75000 dollars.

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