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Founder of Bradford Peace Studies Department wins International Acclaim

16 January 12

Professor Nigel Young, a co-founder of the University of Bradford,s Department of Peace Studies, has won the Dayton International Literary Peace Prize 2011.

Professor Young received the Scholar's Award for the 2010 edition of the Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Peace he compiled and edited over seven years of collaborative work, with over 450 contributors and creating four volumes.

Professor Young travelled to Dayton, Ohio in the United States in November 2011 to receive the monetary award in a presentation made by Nick Clooney, father of George Clooney. He gave an acceptance speech at a ceremony attended by over 500 guests, including the Bosnian ambassador to the United States of America.

The reference work has been cited by Kati Marton, the widow of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke who signed the Dayton Treaty, ending the Yugoslav Bosnian War. Speaking at the ceremony she recommended that the Encyclopaedia should be in all schools and churches worldwide.

In introducing the winner, Professor Robert Fogarty, a member of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize committee emphasised that the award-winning encyclopaedia was "a heroic and brilliant piece of collective scholarship". He also said: "As private citizens working for peace, we are honoured to bestow this special award on a historic collaborative work of writing, editing and publishing." 

16 January 12

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