woensdag 5 oktober 2011

Nobelprijs in Israel

Weer heeft een Israelische wetenschapper de Nobelprijs gewonnen.

Dit is de 10de  maal dat een Israelier in de prijzen valt.

Dat is indrukwekkend voor een jong en klein land.

 

Dit keer krijgt Daniel Shechtman de Nobelprijs voor Scheikunde.

Hij werkt aan het Technion in Haifa, een technologisch instituut.

Zijn werk gaat over quasicrystals. Hij ontdekte dat atomen steeds een wisselend patroon vormen in kristallen.

Zelf omschreef hij zijn vondst als iets dat in strijd is met de wetten van de natuur.

 

Andere Israelische Nobelprijswinnaars zijn:

 

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Haaretz 5/10/11

  • Latest update 12:04 05.10.11

Israel's Daniel Shechtman wins 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry

Professor at Haifa's Technion wins Israel's tenth Nobel for his discovery of patterns in atoms.

By Asaf Shtull-Trauring, Haaretz and Reuters

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman has been named as the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry, the award panel for the prestigious prize announced Wednesday. He was awarded the prize for his discovery of patterns in atoms called quasicrystals, a chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible.

Shechtman is a professor at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, as well as an Associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, and a professor at Iowa State University.

The Nobel Committee for Chemistry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Shechtman had discovered quasicrystals, which it said were like "fascinating mosaics of
the Arabic world reproduced at the level of atoms" and which never repeated themselves. Up until then, scientists had thought the atom patterns inside crystals had to repeat themselves. The Academy said Shechtman's discovery in 1982 fundamentally changed the way chemists look at solid matter.

The prize of 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.45 million) was the third of this year's Nobel prizes, following awards for medicine on Monday and for physics on Tuesday.

Israel has an impressive showing when it comes to Nobel winners, with 10 laureates in its 63-year history. Most recently, Israeli scientist Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute won the same Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2009, for her work on the ribosome. Three Israeli politicians have also won the Nobel Prize for peace - Menachem Begin in 1978, and Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin in 1994.
 

 

 

 

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