CNRS Prize for Scientific Excellence Awarded to Laurent Pordié
Established by a French decree in 2009 and granted each year to a selected number of laureates from any academic discipline, the Prize for Scientific Excellence is intended to recognize the commitment of researchers and professors in research activity.
Laurent Pordié received the Prize from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in November 2013 in recognition of his “exceptional contribution to research”. The CNRS is Europe’s largest fundamental research organisation with over 12.000 researchers and 14.000 engineers and support staff. It is a public institution placed under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education.
Laurent, who holds PhDs in both anthropology and pharmaceutical sciences, is a senior researcher with the CNRS, appointed to the Center for Research on Medicine, Science, Health and Society (Cermes3) and affiliated to the Center for South Asian Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, where he is teaching. He is the founding member of the PharmAsia Network. Laurent’s works revolves around the social study of science and medicine in South Asia, among which the award winning book Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World (Routledge 2008 - ICAS BOOK Prize 2009) and the recent co-edited volume Les nouveaux guérisseurs (EHESS 2013).
For more information on his work, see Laurent's institutional webpage.