Martin Gilbert wins $250,000 Bradley Prize

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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today that one of four 2009 Bradley Prizes will be awarded to Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and one of the world’s most distinguished historians of modern times.

Sir Martin Gilbert will be presented the award during a ceremony to be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 3. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

“The Bradley Foundation selected Sir Martin Gilbert for his compelling work in historical research and his commitment to freedom,” said Michael W. Grebe, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bradley Foundation. “Sir Martin Gilbert’s seminal work in history has been widely acclaimed, and his work is considered the standard in its field.”

Sir Martin Gilbert was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995 for “services to British history and international relations.” He is an Honorary Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and a Distinguished Fellow at Hillsdale College.

Sir Martin Gilbert is the author of seventy books, as well as twelve historical atlases. His books include Churchill: A Life; Churchill and America; The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy; First World War; and Second World War. He lectures before civic groups, government agencies, and at universities in Great Britain, Canada, Israel, and the United States.

The selection was based on nominations solicited from more than 100 prominent individuals across the country and chosen by a Selection Committee, which included Terry Considine, Pierre S. du Pont, Martin Feldstein, Michael W. Grebe (Bradley Prizes Committee Chair), Charles Krauthammer, Heather Mac Donald, San W. Orr, Jr., Dianne J. Sehler, and Shelby Steele.

“Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Sir Martin Gilbert who have made outstanding contributions, in hopes that others will strive for excellence in their respective fields,” said Mr. Grebe.

Founded in 1985, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain and nurture it. Its programs support limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic, cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions. Recognizing that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens and informed public opinion, the Foundation supports scholarly studies and academic achievement.

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