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The Technion awarded an honorary doctorate to writer David Grossman and Nobel laureate Prof. Ada Yonat

Additionally, The Technion Graduate Medal was awarded to Dr. Sharon Elrai-Price

Technion President Prof. Uri Sion awards Prof. Ada Yonat the honorary degree. Photo: Rami Shloush, Technion Spokesperson
Technion President Prof. Uri Sion awards Prof. Ada Yonat the honorary degree. Photo: Rami Shloush, Technion Spokesperson

Technion President Prof. Uri Sion awarded the Israeli writer David Grossman An honorary doctorate, "in recognition of the widespread influence of his literary works in Israel and around the world and the talent with which he described the diversity of Israeli society and its complexity; In gratitude for his deep love for the Hebrew language and his commitment to truth and dialogue; and for his inspiring efforts for the cultivation of coexistence and peace and the establishment of a better and more valuable society."

Prof. Ada Yonat From the Weizmann Institute of Science, the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, received an honorary doctorate "in recognition of her pioneering contribution to the research of the ribosome - the universal complex for translating genetic information into proteins - in mapping its structure and deciphering its function, and for discovering the mechanisms of the effect of antibiotic drugs on bacterial ribosomes; And with great appreciation for her extraordinary contribution to the advancement of science in the State of Israel and the entire world."

The degrees were awarded to them as part of the session of the Cortorion, the Technion's annual board of trustees, which is being held this year as a sign of solidarity. An honorary doctorate is the highest recognition given by the Technion to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their extraordinary scientific and cultural work or in their contribution to Israel, the Jewish people and humanity. Past recipients of the degree include Chaim Weizmann (1952), Albert Einstein (1953), Niels Bohr (1958), David Ben Gurion (1962), Eugene Wigner (1971), Margaret Thatcher (1989), Yitzhak Rabin (1990) ) and Angela Merkel (2021).

"David Grossman He is one of the greatest Israeli writers of our generation," he said Technion President Prof. Uri Sion. "His contribution to Israeli literature and culture is very great, as is his contribution to the Hebrew language. With his penetrating gaze, he well described the Israeli reality, which is made up of its many aspects, dealing with pain, loss and bereavement, and the place of man in society." As for Prof. Yonat, Prof. Sion said that "great scientists are evident not only in their scientific work but also in their courage - courage required to choose unique and innovative paths, which may seem hopeless to the scientific community. Prof. Ada Yonat She showed extraordinary personal and scientific courage when she set out on a journey in that 'unknown country' which eventually led her to decipher the structure of the ribosome through crystallography. Its long journey has earned humanity deep insights into the ribosome and opened up new applied horizons."

David Grossman Born in Jerusalem in 1954 and acquired a love of literature at his parents' home. After studying at "Lida" (a high school near the university) he enlisted and served in Unit 8200. He studied philosophy and theater at the Hebrew University and won awards for his first stories. Grossman published eleven books that gained international reputation, including "Review the Value of Love", "A Woman Runs Away from the Gospel", "Falling Out of Time", "One Horse Enters a Bar" and "With Life I Play a Lot". He also published five non-fiction books including "The Yellow Time", a collection of short stories, many children's books, a children's opera and a play. Several of his books have been adapted for film. In memory of his son Uri, who was killed during the Second Lebanon War by an anti-tank missile hitting his tank, Grossman wrote the song "Spring is so short here".

Grossman's work has been translated into 45 languages ​​and won him many prestigious awards, including the Prix Médicis for translated literature, the Peace Prize of the International Book Fair in Frankfurt, the National Prize for Jewish Books (United States), the Man Booker Prize (UK), the Royal Society of Literature Award for Writers International (Great Britain), the A.M.T. Prize and the Israel Prize for Literature. For the past forty years, David Grossman has been working vigorously for peace between Israel and its neighbors. His articles and essays on this subject were published in the leading newspapers in the world. 

Prof. Ada Yonat She completed a bachelor's and master's degree in chemistry and biochemistry at the Hebrew University, a doctorate at the Weizmann Institute of Science (1968) and postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. In 1970, she founded the first laboratory in Israel for protein crystallography at the Weizmann Institute, and for almost a decade this laboratory remained the only one of its kind in Israel. The research that led to her winning the Nobel Prize began in the XNUMXs and focused on the ribosome, the "protein factory" in the cell. She directs the Helen and Milton Kimmelman Center for the Study of the Structure of Biomolecular Arrangements at the Weizmann Institute, and for years headed the research unit of the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg.

In 2009, Prof. Yonat won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with her colleagues from Yale University and Cambridge University for their contribution to understanding the building mechanisms of the living cell from proteins.


The Technion Graduate Medal was awarded to Dr. Sharon Elrai-Price

The title was awarded to her as part of the meeting of the Cortorion, the Technion's Board of Trustees, which is being held this week as a sign of solidarity

Technion President Prof. Uri Sion presented the "Technion Graduate Medal" to Dr. Sharon Elrai-Price, head of public health services at the Ministry of Health and graduate of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine (with honors), in a celebratory ceremony. The prestigious medal was awarded to her "in recognition of her influential activity for public health in Israel; In appreciation of the vital role it played in the fight against the Corona epidemic; And in gratitude for being an example and role model for male and female students and graduates of the Technion thanks to her extraordinary achievements in the field of medicine."

Technion President Prof. Uri Sion He said that "Dr. Elrai-Price is a model and an inspiration for us." In her personality and professional and managerial abilities, she embodies the spirit of the Technion that combines research, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and scientific excellence with a social mission. Dr. Elrai-Price's contribution to public health in Israel stood out especially during the Corona period, when she led the fight against the plague and had a great impact on the fight against the plague around the world. On behalf of the Technion and the entire Israeli society, I would like to thank you, Dr. Elrai-Price, for your enormous work for public health."

Dr. Elrai-Price, head of public health services at the Ministry of Health, is the senior professional leading the ministry's policy on a variety of issues, including outbreaks of infectious diseases, health promotion and business licensing. During the Corona period, she led the fight against the epidemic in Israel while basing herself on the body of scientific knowledge and the best experts in the field, led the vaccination campaign that began in the third wave and was involved in studies and discussions that clarified the need for a booster dose following the decline of immune effectiveness. Dr. Elrai-Price is an expert in internal medicine, public health and preventive medicine. She did her internship at the Rambam Medical Center and her specialties at the Carmel Medical Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Elrai-Price was previously the chief epidemiologist for the state of New Hampshire and served as the deputy director of the Carmel Medical Center. Dr. Elrai-Price has a master's degree in business administration from Tel Aviv University.

Technion graduate medal given to graduates who have achieved extraordinary achievements in the fields of science, medicine, engineering, technology and architecture; who made a significant contribution to the promotion of the economy, industry and education; And they showed impressive leadership and extraordinary commitment that are reflected in public activity for the Technion. Past recipients of the graduate medal include Dedi Perlmutter (2018), Avi Natan (2019), Guido Pardo Rokas (2019), Aaron Aaron (2023) and Johnny Srouji (2023).

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