Brazil’s former president Cardoso wins Kluge Prize

Lonnae O’Neal – The Washington Post, 05/13/2012

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a Brazilian scholar turned president, has won the $1 million John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Human Sciences, the Library of Congress plans to announce Monday.

Cardoso is the first recipient of the international prize whose work spans the fields of sociology, political science and economics, according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

His two terms as Brazil’s president during the 1990s ushered in a period of social progress and economic turnaround after decades of military dictatorship. What is less known is how “his really ranging first career as a scholar involved deep humanist analysis of key problems in the modern social sciences,” Billington said.

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