The Technology Academy of Finland has announced the finalists for the international Millennium Technology Prize.
Cambridge University professor Richard Friend was selected for research in plastic electronics and inventions in optoelectronics that have lead to the creation of illuminated wallpaper and inexpensive organic solar cells. University of Manchester professor Stephen Furber was selected for designing microprocessors that are in 98 percent of the world's cell phones. And Michael Graetzel, a German-born chemist who is the director of the photonics and interfaces laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne in Switzerland, was selected for inventing low-cost, high-performance cells now used in solar panels.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Helsinki on June 9, and will receive a $1.1 million award. The runner-ups will each receive $204,000.
From The Associated Press
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