Acknowledging the importance of microbiology for human health and development, the Government of Cuba and UNESCO have established a prize in honour of one of the most important microbiologists in history: Carlos J. Finlay (Camagüey, 3 December 1833 – La Havana, 20 August 1915).
Acknowledging the importance of microbiology for human health and development, the Prize aims to reward the efforts of an individual, or of an institution, non-governmental organization or other entity which, through research and development, has made an outstanding contribution to the field of microbiology (including immunology, molecular biology, genetics, etc.) and its applications. If the work being rewarded has been produced by two or three persons, the Prize shall be awarded to them jointly. The Prize may not be shared by more than three persons.
The Prize was established in honour of Carlos J. Finlay, Cuba, one of the most important microbiologists in history. His innovative research on infectious diseases and especially his work on yellow fever have had huge benefits for humankind.
Previous winners include Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Japan, Director of the International Research Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Tokyo, who is an internationally recognised expert on the influenza and Ebola viruses, and received the Prize in recognition of his overall contribution to microbiology.