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Six receive Heinz Award for enhancing quality of life

February 5, 2001

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— The founder of Apple Computer Inc., a psychiatrist and two dance instructors are among six recipients of the Heinz Award, given in recognition of people who enhance the lives of others.

The $250,000 award, bestowed annually by the Heinz Family Foundation since 1993, honors the memory of Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., who died in a plane crash in 1991. He was heir to the Heinz food fortune.

Teresa Heinz, the senator's widow and foundation chairwoman, said the recipients "represent a rare and wonderful blend of expertise, courage and concern for the next generation."

The winners, announced today, will receive their $250,000 awards at a March 5 ceremony in Washington.

The recipients are:

Dr. Aaron Beck, a University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor who treats patients by helping them learn more about the causes of their feelings. The approach, called "cognitive therapy," is effective at treating a range of disorders.

Jacques d'Amboise, founder of the National Dance Institute in New York City, which teaches poor children classical and modern dance. He started the institute in 1974 and it has been his full-time job since 1984. Before that he spent 34 years as a dancer with the New York City Ballet.

James Hansen, an environmental researcher from Ridgewood, N.J., who specializes in global warming. He co-founded and runs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Institute on Climate and Planets, which encourages minority students to pursue scientific careers.

John Holdren, an arms control advocate in Falmouth, Mass., chairman of the executive committee of the Pugwash Conferences, which won the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. He is a professor of earth and planetary sciences and public policy at Harvard University.

Arthur Mitchell, co-founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem. The New York City native said he is proudest of the dance company's success in giving poor young people the skills to live meaningful lives.

Steven Wozniak of Los Gatos, Calif., who founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs in 1977 to manufacture and distribute their invention, the first ready-made personal computer. Since retiring from business, he has worked on charitable projects on the arts and expanding computer literacy.

The Heinz foundation also awarded two chairman's medals, which do not come with a monetary prize. The recipients are:

Dorothy Height, a civil rights activist from Washington, D.C., and former president of the National Council of Negro Women.

Russell Train, an environmental advocate from Washington, D.C., who was chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality during the Nixon administration and was president and chairman of the World Wildlife Fund.

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