European Commissioner for Science Philippe Busquin expressed condolences on Thursday on the death of Belgian scientist of Russian extraction Ilya Prigogine, a Nobel prize winner.
Prigogine died on May 28 at a Brussels hospital.
"It was with profound grief that I learned of the death of Professor Ilya Prigogine, a Nobel prize winner for chemistry. This death affects me personally as a Belgian politician and the European commissioner for science. It also concerns me personally because I had the good fortune to be his student at Brussels Free University, and since then have remained connected with him," Busquin says in a communique circulated in Brussels.
According to Busquin, Prigogine was one of the brilliant scientists" of Belgium, he founded a "world-famed scientific school." The European commissioner emphasised that Prigogine was a convinced believer in a united Europe, all his life contributing to its building, thus helping the European Commission.