Grand Prix champion Alain Prost and AIDS researcher Luc Montagnier highlighted the New Year's list for France's most prestigious award, the Legion of Honor. In all, 57 people were named for admission or promotion to higher ranks in the Legion, founded by Napoleon in 1802 to honor civilian and military achievement. Prost, 38, who retired from Formula One car racing this year after winning a record fourth championship, was promoted from the lowest rank of knight to officer. Montagnier, a Pasteur Institute researcher who shares credit with U.S. scientist Robert Gallo as co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, moved up from officer to commander.