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Latvian psychologist and former head of state

Name at birth: Vaira Vīķe

Date of birth: 1 Dec. 1937

Place of birth: Rīga

Family: m. Imants Freibergs 1960; one s. one d.

Education: Univ. of Toronto and McGill Univ., Canada

Career: Professor of Psychology, Univ. of Montreal, Canada 1965–98, Professor Emer. 1998–; Vice- Chair. Science Council of Canada 1984–89; Dir Latvian Inst., Rīga 1998–99; Pres. of Latvia 1999–2007; Pres. Club de Madrid 2014–20; former Pres. Canadian Psychological Asscn, Social Science Fed. of Canada, Asscn for Advancement of Baltic Studies; Pres. Acad. des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, RSC; member Latvian Acad. of Sciences, Royal Belgian Acad., Council of Women Leaders 1999–; member Bd of Dirs Bibliotheca Alexandrina 2010–; appointed Vice-Chair. Reflection Group on the Future of Europe 2007, European Council, Chair. High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism, EC 2011–; Chair. Review Panel, European Research Council 2009

Honours and awards: thirty-four Orders of Merit, including Three Star Order of Latvia 1995, Legion of Honour 2001, Dame of GCB 2006, Officer, Nat. Order of Québec, Canada 2006; Hon. LLD (Queen’s Univ. , Canada) 1991, Hon. DLitt (Victoria Univ., Toronto) 2000, Hon. DSci (McGill Univ.) 2002, Dr hc (Latvia) 2000, (Vytautas Magnus Univ., Lithuania) 2002, (Astana, Kazakhstan) 2004, (Baku, Azerbaijan) 2005, (Tbilisi) 2005, (Yerevan) 2005, (Ottawa) 2006, (Liège, Belgium) 2006, (Odense, Denmark) 2007, (Dalhousie, Halifax) 2007, (Dublin) 2007, (Toronto) 2008, (York, Toronto) 2008, (Georgia) 2011; numerous awards, including Marcel-Vincent Prize 1992, Pierre Chauveau Medal 1995, American Acad. of Achievement Gold Plate 2000, awards from Georgetown Univ., USA 2002, Free Univ. of Berlin 2003, Grand Prize of Folklore, Ministry of Culture, Latvia 2003, Forbes Executive Women’s Forum Trailblazer Award 2005, Medal of the American Jewish Cttee 2005, Baltic Freedom Award 2005, Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought 2005, Coudenhove-Kalergi Foundation Europa Prize, Pan-Europa Union 2006, Baltic Statesmanship Award of the US-Baltic Foundation 2006, J.W. Goethe Univ. Medal and Walter Hallstein Prize 2006, UN Food and Agriculture Organization Ceres Medal 2007, Von Hayek Medal 2009, Konrad Adenauer Prize 2010, Ladies First Int. Prize 2011

Publications include: La Frequence Lexicale des Mots au Québec 1974, Latvian Sun-Songs (co-author) 1988, Linguistic and Poetics of Latvian Folk Songs 1989, On the Amber Mountain 1993, Against the Current 1993, The Cosmological Sun 1997, The Chronological Sun 1999, The Warm Sun 2002, The Luminous Sun 2011, Latvian Sun Song Melodies 2005, Logique de la Poésie 2007, Latvian Culture and Identity 2010, The Meteorological Sun 2011, Mythological Sun 2016; contrib. of more than 400 articles and papers

Leisure interests: reading, crosswords, nature walks, gardening, swimming, and needlework

Contact details: Address: c/o Club de Madrid, Palacio del Marqués de Cañete. Calle Mayor, 69, Planta 1, 28013 Madrid, Spain (office).

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