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Climate researcher named female scientist of the year

Valérie Masson-Delmotte, a climate scientist at the CEA, a research organisation funded by the French government, has received the Irène Joliot-Curie prize for 2013, worth €40,000.

Three other laureates received prizes worth €15,000: physicist Wiebke Drenckhan, neuroscientist Claire Wyart and Véronique Newland, chief executive of French company New Vision Technologies.

The award was created in 2001 by France’s research ministry to reward the work of female researchers and promote the role of women in science. Its name is taken from the Nobel laureate in chemistry who was the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie.

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