Published On: Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015

Israel Chemical Society Welcomes 2 Nobel Laureates, Unveils New Stamp

Levitt gave the Weizmann Institute credit for research that led to the Nobel Prize

80th Israel Society for Chemistry new stamp

At the 80th Israel Society for Chemistry meeting, Nobel Laureates were in attendance and a new stamp was unveiled, according to a press release.

From Stanford University Michael Levitt, who won the Nobel Prize in 2013 for developing computerized models for understanding the structure of complex chemical systems and and Michael Moerner who received the Nobel in 2014 for his work in florescence microscopy spoke, as well as the U.S. ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro.

The ambassador said, “The Israeli success story is based on science, and the ICS played a major role in building that success even before the founding of the state.” There was a new Israeli stamp unveiled at the ceremony in celebration of the International Year of Light, as declared by the UN.

Michael Levitt gave credit to his post-graduate studies with Schneior Lifson of the Weizmann Institute for crucial research that led to being awarded the Nobel Prize; “ultimately the big winner is our field of research.” Levitt said, “My career developed during a period of immense changes in science, which were driven by technology.

It is hard to imagine the immensity of the change that has occurred in the world of computers within a few decades. In 1967, we were working with a computer with one megabyte of memory that cost $1 million and took up an entire room. Today, you can buy a laptop with 10 gigabytes of memory for a few thousand dollars. If similar changes had taken place in the automotive field, we would be able to buy a Volvo for $3 that would carry 50, 000 passengers, travel a million kilometers per hour and park in a shoebox.”

 

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