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Leonid Hurwicz in an older picture, with a medal around his neck

The University named Leonid Hurwicz a regents professor, its highest faculty honor, in 1969.

Nobel ceremony at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Watch live broadcast as Professor Leonid Hurwicz receives honor

December 7, 2007

On Monday, December 10, University Regents Professor Emeritus Leonid Hurwicz will receive the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in a ceremony at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis. The ceremony will immediately follow the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, which Hurwicz is unable to attend.

The morning festivities will begin at 9:20 a.m. with opening remarks by President Robert Bruininks, then the Swedish ceremony will be broadcast live on a large screen at Ted Mann. During this ceremony, the Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and economics will receive their medals and diplomas. The ceremony will also include speeches about the award winners for each prize and several musical selections.

When that broadcast ends, Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m will present the Nobel medal and diploma to Hurwicz on the Ted Mann stage. This portion of the event will also be broadcast live.

Although all tickets to the event have been spoken for, you can still participate by watching both the Swedish and local presentations on Monday via streaming video:

Hurwicz, along with Professors Eric Maskin of Princeton and Roger Myerson of the University of Chicago, received the prize in economics for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory, which helps set rules for transactions ranging from auctions to elections. You can read more about Prof. Hurwicz and his work at University professor wins Nobel Prize

To learn even more about mechanism design and the three economics laureates, you can listen their Nobel lectures on Saturday, December 8 on the Nobel Foundation Web site. Their lectures will be broadcast live at 6 a.m CST, and then archived.