From 1966 until today, Israel has earned 12 Nobel Prizes: the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966, two Nobel Peace Prizes in 1978, two Nobel Peace Prizes in 1994, and four Nobel Prizes in Chemistry between 2004 and 2013. Israelis were also twice awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
As a general rule, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences waits decades in order to assess the true importance of each major scientific discovery before awarding a Prize. Accordingly, there was a gap of more than 50 years from the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 until the first Nobel Prize in Science was awarded to an Israeli citizen.
As an important aside, and one that we can all take pride in — of the 919 total Nobel Prize winners until 2019, 204 have been Jewish (from either one or both parents). That is 22.2% of all Nobel Prize winners!
Meet Israel’s recent Nobel prize winners in this Times of Israel article titled ‘Lives of struggle, rejection, vindication: The essence of Israel’s ‘Nobelists’’. The article is based on Israeli filmmaker Uri Rosenwaks’s
Hear Israeli-American mathematician Robert Aumann speak about the contribution that earned him and Thomas Schelling 2005’s Nobel Prize in Economics in this clip (2:41) from the official YouTube channel of
This clip (3:18) from Haifa’s Technion Institute introduces Israel’s first Nobel prize winners in science: Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004 along
This video clip (5:33) follows Israeli-American-British biophysicist Michael Levitt’s emotionally-charged morning on the day of the announcement that he was one of three winners of 2013’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at scientists Arieh Warshel and Michael Levitt in this excerpt (3:53) from “The Nobelists,” a YES documentary about Israel’s Nobel prize winners. Learn why Warshel loves Pac-Man,
In this brief clip (1:43) from the University of Southern California, renowned Israeli biochemist and biophysicist Arieh Warshel explains in simple terms the scientific research that earned him the Nobel
This techno mashup by Tel Aviv-based artist Noy Alooshe (2:30) re-cuts famous words spoken by late Israeli Nobel prize-winning politician Shimon Peres in his bid for peace. In 1994, then-Foreign Minister
Renowned Israeli biologist Aaron Ciechanover explains his research in protein degradation in this clip (2:19) from Israel’s official YouTube channel. Along with fellow Israeli laureate Avram Hershko and American laureate