VIDEO: Hugh Herr wins Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research * 2024
VIDEO: Hugh Herr wins Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research * 2024

The Jury for the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research

Herr’s pioneering research in biomechatronics, combining artificial intelligence, neurophysiology and robotics, has resulted in a new class of “smart” bionic prostheses that can be controlled by the brain. His methods are based on a range of cutting-edge scientific and technological disciplines and have had a significant impact on the lives of people with disabilities via adaptive prostheses that enable movement that is similar to physiological movement. He has also developed exoskeletons which, as external structures adapted to the body, allow the enhancement of human physical capabilities. These contributions are accelerating man-machine integration, which will allow improving the quality of life of millions of people.

The following people were the jury; Juan Luis Arsuaga Ferreras, Mara Dierssen Sotos, Marián del Egido Rodríguez, Luis Fernández-Vega Sanz, Cristina Garmendia Mendizábal, Álvaro Giménez Cañete, Bernardo Hernández González, José Antonio Martínez Álvarez, Clara Menéndez Santos, Amador Menéndez Velázquez, Ginés Morata Pérez, Enrique Moreno González, César Nombela Cano, Teresa Rodrigo Anoro, Inés Rodríguez Hidalgo, Marta Sanz-Solé, Manuel Toharia Cortés, chaired by Pedro Miguel Echenique Landiríbar and with Vicente Gotor Santamaría acting as secretary.

All of them has unanimously decided to grant the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research to American researcher Hugh Herr. A world leader in bionics, for having developed the first prostheses capable of emulating human locomotion, thus enabling disabilities, such as the one he himself has, to be overcome.

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What did Hugh Herr say when he won the award?

“I am deeply moved to receive the Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. As a consequence of a mountain climbing accident, my legs were amputated in 1982 due to tissue damage from frostbite. Since that time, I have made it my life’s work to advance the basic science and technology to enable the bionic repair of humans. It is my hope that this recognition will shed light on the global mission to end human disability in the 21st Century through continued advancements in bionics.” Hugh Herr, Boston, 1st June 2016.

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