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Prof. Stephen Hawking recently visited the Weizmann Institute of Science. He was greeted by physicist and Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman, who gave an introductory presentation on the areas of study at the Institute. Afterward, Prof. Zajfman, vice presidents and deans attended a dinner in Prof. Hawking’s honor.
The first computer in Israel, WEIZAC, was built 53 years ago at the Weizmann Institute. Now, that event has been recognized by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) as a milestone in computing history. This recognition was celebrated in a day-long event that included lectures and a ceremony in which a commemorative plaque was dedicated and medals were awarded to those who took part in planning and building WEIZAC.
Prof. Ofer Lider, who died in 2004, was both a scientist and a poet. A writing contest is held each year in his memory to encourage scientists to express themselves creatively. This year’s winning entries were poems by Avi Shushan, who has an M.Sc. in computer science, and Dr. Hagai Cohen of the Institute’s Chemical Research Support, and a short story by Dr. Shiraz Kalir, who recently completed a doctorate under the guidance of Prof. Uri Alon of the Molecular Cell Biology Department.
A commemorative plaque was recently unveiled in front of the physics building in a ceremony in memory of Prof. Wolfgang Gentner, 100 years after his birth. Gentner, who was an honorary fellow of the Weizmann Institute, was a trailblazer in opening scientific relations between Israel and Germany, and in creating the Minerva Foundation, which continues to support scientific collaboration between Weizmann Institute scientists and German scientists to this day.