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Sunday July 21, 2013

Spanish Philologist Francisco Rico Wins Mexico’s Alfonso Reyes Prize

Spanish Philologist Francisco Rico Wins Mexico’s Alfonso Reyes Prize

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Spanish philologist Francisco Rico has been awarded the 2013 Alfonso Reyes Prize, which is given to outstanding humanities scholars, the Colegio de Mexico said Sunday.

“El Colegio de Mexico announces that Spanish philologist Francisco Rico has been unanimously selected by the jury as the winner of the 2013 El Colegio de Mexico Alfonso Reyes Prize,” the higher education institution said in a statement.

Rico, who was born in Barcelona in 1942, is a professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and has been a member of Spain’s Royal Academy since 1986. He has also been a member of the British Academy since 1992.

Rico won the 12th Menendez y Pelayo International Prize in 1998 and was the recipient of the 2004 Ramon Menendez y Pidal International Research Prize.

The Alfonso Reyes Prize was created by the Colegio de Mexico in 2010 to celebrate its 70th anniversary and is designed to recognize the contributions of top researchers in the humanities.

The previous winners of the prize were Mexican writers Luis Villoro and Jose Emilio Pacheco

The prize will be presented to Rico at a ceremony in September at Colegio de Mexico’s campus in Mexico City.