President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo welcomed Nobel Laureate for Medicine Professor Torsten Nils Wiesel in a courtesy call at the Music Room in Malacanan Palace.
Professor Wiesel is in the country for a one-day keynote speech and dialogue at the De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila as part of the event series “Bridges: Dialogues Towards A Culture of Peace” organized by the International Peace Foundation. The foundation is celebrating “Science for Peace” from 1-5 February with Professor Wiesel talking about support for education in the Philippines.
Born in Sweden, Professor Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1981 for his “pioneering work on the neural basis of visual perception” carried out at Harvard Medical School in collaboration with Professor David H. Hubel.
He is one of the 21 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who also serve as a speaker of the International Peace Foundation which is officially recognized as not-for-profit, non-governmental organization.
In its official website, the foundation describes its purpose and goal as “to support peace universities, scientific projects and institutions dealing with research into conflict prevention and strategies for the solution of conflicts, as well as with promoting peace activities, understanding and social exchange between peoples, their cultures and traditions.” (NFB)