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 Seated (l-r): Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman, Prof. Stephen Hawking and Dean of Physics Prof. Yoram Silberberg. Standing (l-r): Vice President for Technology Transfer Prof. Mordechai Sheves, Vice President for Resource Development Prof. Israel Bar-Joseph, aide to Stephen Hawking, Dean of Biology Prof. Benjamin Geiger, Prof. Mordehai Milgrom, Dean of Chemistry Prof. Yehiam Prior, Dean of Biochemistry Prof. Ben-Zion Shilo and Institute Vice President Prof. Haim Garty

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. 

After dinner, two Institute scientists spoke about their work: Prof. Mordehai Milgrom, a leading cosmologist, talked about the theory he developed in which a small change in Newton’s laws allows the observed mass of the universe to fit the movement of stars and galaxies, without invoking dark matter. Prof. Uri Alon, a physicist and world expert in the emerging scientific field of systems biology, talked about new methods of research that use the tools of physics to investigate subjects in the life sciences.
Prof. Zajfman presented Prof. Hawking with a commemorative piece of the particle detector designed and built at the Weizmann Institute of Science to aid in the hunt for the Higgs boson, which, if found, will reveal the mass generation mechanism of all matter and force particles in nature. The detector was created by Profs. Giora Mikenberg, Ehud Duchovni and Eilam Gross for the CERN particle physics lab in Switzerland.  

 (l-r) Reuven De-Roos, Prof. Aviezri Fraenkel and Hans Jarosch reminisce in front of WEIZAC


Weizac Medal

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. 



Prize winners (l-r): Avi Shushan, Dr. Shiraz Kalir and Dr. Hagai Cohen with photo of Prof. Ofer Lider


Particle Physics Department Head Prof. Itzhak Tserruya and Dr. Eugenia Klein next to the plaque

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.


Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman (l) and France’s ambassador to Israel, Jean-Michel Casa


Harvard astronomer Prof. Robert Kirshner (l), who delivered the Weizmann memorial lecture, and Prof. Menachem Rubinstein



Japan’s ambassador to Israel Yoshinori Katori (l) and Institute Vice President Prof. Haim Garty

Denmark’s Minister of Science, Tech-nology and Innovation Helge Sander (l) shakes hands with Prof. Haim Garty

Prof. Avigdor Scherz (l) explains his work to Lord and Lady Turnberg


Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam (l), Chairman of the National Research Foundation of Singapore, and Prof. Daniel Zajfman