Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Israeli Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Asking whether any Israelis will win Nobel Prizes has become an annual event. Fortunately, celebrating the naming of a new Israeli laureate has become an almost biennial occurance this last decade.

Today, two years after Prof. Ada Yonath shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Prof. Daniel Shechtman of the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) was announced as the sole winner of this year's prize. His discovery of quasicrystals was so unique and had such important implications, that the Swedish Academy decided he was worthy of a prize all to himself. In recent years, the scientific Nobel Prizes have been shared by two or three people, so being the sole recipient is an extraordinary honour.

I can imagine all the BDSers are popping a vein right now.

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