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2010 - 2016 Prizewinners

2010: Jordi Solé Tura (posthumously)

(Mollet del Vallès, 1930 - Barcelona, 2009). Politician and jurist.

He was a leader of Bandera Roja and PSUC. As a member of PSC, he held the post of Minister of Culture between 1991 and 1993. Among his works are Catalanisme i revolució burgesa (1967), Ideari de Valentí Almirall (1974) and Autonomies, federalisme i autodeterminació (1987). He was Reporting Judge of the Constitution of 1978 and a member of the Comissió dels Vint which drafted the Statute of Autonomy of 1979. In 2007, he received the St George's Cross from the Generalitat of Catalonia.

The widower of Solé Tura, Teresa Eulàlia Calzada, collected the award.

The widower of Solé Tura, Teresa Eulàlia Calzada, collected the award.

2010: Institut d'Estudis Catalans

It was founded on June 18, 1907 at the initiative of Enric Prat de la Riba, then president of the Barcelona Provincial Council, and aims to research in the areas of Catalan culture, especially in the history applied to the humanities, the study, the codification and development of the Catalan language and culture of science in that language. The IEC promoted and upheld the work and the General Dictionary of the Catalan language directed by Pompeu Fabra. In 1995 he published the Dictionary of the Catalan language.

 The president of the IEC, Salvador Giner, collected the award.

The president of the IEC, Salvador Giner, collected the award.

2010: Poblet Abbey

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet casts the shadow of the count-powerful kings and the Crown of Aragon, speaks of a past that left us a splendid language and literature, while a unique political tradition centered on a contractual conception. The historical symbolism of Poblet, with its status as a royal pantheon of the Crown of Catalonia and Aragon, is reflected in the imposing presence of his whole estate was declared by UNESCO world heritage of mankind.

The abbot of Poblet, el Josep Alegre, collected the award.

The abbot of Poblet, el Josep Alegre, collected the award.

2011: Not granted

In 2011 the Government of Catalonia did not deliver any gold medal of the Generalitat.

 

2012: Josep Maria Ainaud de Lasarte

(Barcelona, 1925 - 2012) Political historian.

Founder of the Democratic Lawyers’ Group, he was a member of the Catalan Parliament for the Convergència i Unió party in the 80s and later a councillor at the Barcelona City Council. His work centres on emblematic characters in the Catalanism movement, including Francesc Macià, Francesc Cambó, Ventura Gassol, Enric Prat de la Riba, disseminating and spreading the culture and history of Catalonia, as well as the cult of Sant Jordi (St George). He has contributed to the magazines Historia y Vida and Nadales, produced by the Lluís Carulla Foundation, for over 30 years. He is an active contributor and collaborator for the Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana and the magazine Món Jurídic by the Barcelona Lawyers’ Association.

Josep Maria Ainaud de Lasarte collected the award.

Josep Maria Ainaud de Lasarte collected the award.

2012: Antoni Maria Badia i Margarit

(Barcelona, 1920 - 2014) Catalan philologist and linguist of Catalan history and grammar.

He was the rector of the University of Barcelona from 1978 to 1986, and then made an honorary member. He is the director of the magazine Estudis Romànics and is a member of several editorial boards for Catalan philology magazines (Caplletra, Catalan Review, Llengua & Literatura and Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana). He is a member of the Catalan Studies Institute, of the Royal Academy of Good Letters of Barcelona and a correspondent for several academies, including the Real Academia Española. He is also an honorary member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Antoni Maria Badia i Margarit collected the award.

Antoni Maria Badia i Margarit collected the award.

2012: Heribert Barrera (posthumously)

(Barcelona 1917-2011). Politician.

Barrera began his political career in 1934, when he joined the ranks of the Federació Nacional d'Estudiants de Catalunya and Bloc Escolar Nacionalista. He was President of the Joventuts d'Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, and during the Spanish Civil War he fought on the Ebre Front. During his exile in France, until 1952, he began working as a chemical engineer and mathematician. He was a Member of Congress from 1977 to 1980 and a Member of Parliament until 1984. Between 1991 and 1994, he was a Member of the European Parliament. In 2000, he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the Parliament of Catalonia. He was also President of the Societat Catalana de Ciències Físiques, Químiques i Matemàtiques and of the Science section of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (Institute of Catalan Studies).

Heribert Barreras widow collected the award.

Heribert Barreras widow collected the award.

2013: Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach

(Barcelona, 1937). Ecclesiastic.

In 1961, he was ordained Minister of the parish of Santa Maria de Cornellà. The following year he left for Rome to extend his studies in Canon Law, where he received a Doctorate in utroque iure. Pope John Paul II appointed him to the post of Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona in 1987. In 1997, he was appointed to the post of Archbishop of Tarragona and in 2004, to that of Archbishop of Barcelona. In November 2007, he was appointed to the post of Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI under the title Basilica of Saint Sebastian at the Catacombs. He is the Chancellor of the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Philosophy in Catalonia, President of the Fundació Escola Cristiana and Fundació de la Junta Constructora de la Sagrada Família. He is also a member of the Roman Curia.

Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach collected the award.

Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach collected the award.

2013: Max Cahner (posthumously)

(Bad-Godesberg Germany, 1936 – Barcelona, 2013). Editor, politician and historian of Catalan literature.

With a degree in Chemistry and a doctorate in Philosophy and Philology, Max Cahner created the Edicions 62 publishing company and through it published the translated works of Pierre Vilar Catalonia in modern Spain 1964-1968. He was a member of the Parliament of Catalonia for CDC from 1988 to 1992 and a member of the European Parliament until he set up his own party, Acció Catalana. He was honoured with the Creu de Sant Jordi award in 1996 and in 2010 the Generalitat of Catalonia named the exhibition room in the Palau Moja in his honour.

Max Cahner sons, Max and Joana, collected the award.

Max Cahner sons, Max and Joana, collected the award.

2013: Oriol Bohigas

(Barcelona, 1925). Architect.

He was a founding member of the Edicions 62 publishing company and chairman of the Joan Miró Foundation and the Ateneu Barcelonès. He has received several awards for his work as an architect and has also been presented with the Gold Medal for Artistic Merit of the City of Barcelona in 1988, the Creu de Sant Jordi award in 1999 and the Spanish National Prize for Architecture in 2006, in addition to the National Culture Award in 2011. He has also held political posts, such as Councillor for Culture with the Barcelona City Council from 1991 to 1994. His portfolio of architectural projects is large, with undertakings such as Escola Thau in Barcelona, the Olympic Village and the Barcelona Olympic Port, the Mataró Tecnocampus and, more recently the DHUB building, which houses Disseny Hub Barcelona.

Oriol Bohigas collected the award.

Oriol Bohigas collected the award.

2014: Jordi Savall

(Igualada, 1941). Musician.

Jordi Savall studied the cello at the Conservatori Superior de Música de Barcelona. In 1965, he taught himself to play the viola da gamba and he started to study old music with the group Ars Musicae. In 1987, he created the Capella Reial de Catalunya, a group specialising in religious music and, in 1989, the baroque and classical orchestra Le Concert des Nations, with a repertoire ranging from music from the middle ages to the nineteenth century. He has performed around the world and directed prestigious music groups and has also made over one hundred recordings. In 1997, he created the Centre Internacional de Música Antiga and one year later he launched his own recording label, Alia Vox. He has composed soundtracks for several films, including All the Mornings of the World, by Alain Corneau (1991), winner of a Cesar award.

Jordi Savall collected the award.

Jordi Savall collected the award.

2015: Neus Català

(Els Guiamets, 1915. Antifascist activist.

Neus Català i Pallejà, originally from a farming family, studied nursing in Barcelona. After the Republican defeat, she went into exile in France, where she became involved in the French resistance. She was arrested by the Nazis in 1943 and deported to the Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. She was later transported to the Kommando in Holleischen (Czechoslovakia) where she stayed until the liberation by the Allied forces in 1945. After the end of the Second World War, and aided by her French citizenship, she became committed to fighting against the Franco dictatorship. At the end of the 1960s, she started work on the recovery of historical memory of women who took part in the resistance and those who were deported. In 2006, she founded and chaired the Amical de Ravensbrück. Català has received many public acknowledgements, among which was the Saint George’s Cross in 2005.

Neus Català collected the award.

Neus Català collected the award.

2015: Josep Maria Espinàs

(Barcelona, 1927). Journalist and writer.

Josep Maria Espinàs i Massip, a Law graduate, started out early in the world of literature and journalism. He has written many books in the genre of realist and testimonial narratives and is also well-known for his travel books and works on Barcelona and Catalonia. He published a daily column in the Avui newspaper for many years and, since 1999, he has been writing for El Periódico de Catalunya. He is also a singer and was one of the founders of the band Els Setze Jutges and wrote, together with Jaume Picas, the lyrics of the Cant del Barça. He has won many awards, including the Saint George’s Cross in 1983, and the Premi Nacional de Cultura in 1995.

Josep Maria Espinàs collected the award.

Josep Maria Espinàs collected the award.

2015: Joan Rodés

(Barcelona, 1938). Doctor.

Joan Rodés Teixidor studied medicine and is an internal medicine and GI specialist. In 1968, he created the Hepatology Unit at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and he has held the post of Secretary General of the European Association for the Study of the Liver as well as Secretary General of the International Association for the Study of the Liver. He has carried out extensive research into liver diseases. As well as publishing over 500 original articles in leading international medical publications, he has also published 70 books and written over 170 book chapters. His main lines of research have focussed on alcohol and liver diseases, chronic hepatitis due to the hepatitis B and C virus, liver cancer, complications arising from hepatic cirrhosis and chronic cholestatic diseases. Throughout his extended career, Dr Rodés has been awarded a long list of prizes and distinctions.

Joan Rodés collected the award.

Joan Rodés collected the award.

2016: Muriel Casals i Couturier (posthumously)

(Avignon, Provence, France, 1945 - Barcelona, 2016) Economist, university professor and politician.

Born in 1945 in Avignon, Muriel Casals was the daughter of exiles who settled in Sabadell, which was her father’s home town. She was professor emeritus of the Department of Economics and Economic History of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where she had also been vice-rector of International Relations and Cooperation from 2002 to 2005. She was president of Òmnium Cultural for four years and one of the most visible faces of the Catalan independence process. She stood as number three on the electoral list of the Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes) coalition in the 2015 elections to the Parliament of Catalonia and was designated chair of the Constituent Process Study Commission on 26 January 2016. She died on 14 February 2016 as a consequence of injuries received in an accident involving a bicycle. Two days later she was awarded the Gold Medal of the Government of Catalonia “for her proven track record in the teaching, cultural and political fields, as well as for her defence of the language and freedoms of Catalonia”. She has also posthumously received the Gold Medal of the City of Barcelona.

The daughter and grandson of Muriel Casals: Laia Gasch and Max Ros.

The daughter and grandson of Muriel Casals: Laia Gasch and Max Ros.

Update:  08.03.2016