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Baltar's three Magnate Prizes
The Magnate Prize is an award bestowed to scientists for accomplishments in the field of Computer Information Technology. Ostensibly, it is universally recognized by the Twelve Colonies.
Gaius Baltar was awarded three of these prizes for his work in this field, which he had displayed in his house (Miniseries).
- Magnate, from the Late Latin magnas ("a great man", itself from Latin magnus ("great")), designates a noble or other man in a high social position, by birth, wealth or other qualities.