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EMET Prize

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2016 EMET Prize Laureates

2008 EMET Prize Laureates

Prof. Joshua Jortner

Prof. Joshua Jortner is awarded the EMET Prize for his unique and original works, which led to the formation of many areas within physical chemistry, and shaped thinking patterns in the fields of molecular relaxation, electron-transfer processes, photoselective chemistry and the chemistry of molecular clusters, and for his significant contributions to academic research in Israel and worldwide. His work influenced the development of new research areas.

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Prof. Itamar Willner

Prof. Itamar Willner is awarded the EMET Prize for his pioneering research, promoting scientific disciplines in the fields of molecular and biomolecular electronics, as well as the development of nanobiotechnology. His studies bridge chemistry, biology and materials science, and they establish an interdisciplinary research field at the forefront of science.

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Prof. Batsheva Kerem

Prof. Batsheva Kerem is awarded the EMET Prize for her scientific contribution to understanding the genetic mechanisms of common hereditary diseases, for her vital collaboration in identifying the gene responsible for CF and for understanding the molecular basis of the disease, for her significant contribution to the study of fragile sites in the human genome and their involvement in various diseases and for her crucial role in public activities for the promotion of human genome research in Israel.

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Prof. Yoram Groner

Prof. Yoram Groner is awarded the EMET Prize for his groundbreaking studies in the molecular biology of Down Syndrome, which proved the gene-dosage effect theory in the trisomy of chromosome 21, for his substantial contributions to understanding the mechanisms of genetic diseases in humans and for his crucial role in Israel's involvement in the Human Genome Project.

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Prof. Rachel Elboim-Dror

Prof. Rachel Elboim-Dror is awarded the EMET Prize for her life work in the study of the history of Hebrew education in Palestine. Her writings constitute a significant contribution to the understanding of the Hebrew education system and the study of the formation of society and the revival of the Hebrew as a spoken, living language. Her books are an important asset for every researcher. Her narratives, based on solid methodology, are valuable scientific documents.

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Prof. Moshe Dov Caspi

Prof. Moshe Dov Caspi, is awarded the EMET Prize for his educational theories and projects. A man of vision and practice, a pioneer and path-finder in the field of education in Israel, By implementing his theories he introduced creativity as a concept that may be translated into action. The school he founded, Hanisui, was pioneering and ground-breaking for all democratic, humanistic and open schools. His work introduced models of combined and interdisciplinary learning to the education system.

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Prof. Etan Kohlberg

Prof. Etan Kohlberg is awarded the EMET Prize for his unique contribution to the study of Islam and in particular its Shii branch. His research has made him one of the foremost scholars in this field, not just in Israel, but in the whole world.

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Prof. Sasson Somekh

Prof. Sasson Somekh is awarded the EMET Prize for his valuable contribution to the interpretation and understanding of modern Arabic literature and for fostering cultural ties between the Israeli society and the Arabic-speaking world. He is a scholar in the field of Arabic literature and translator of poetry.

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Prof. Yizhak Sadai

Prof. Yizhak Sadai is awarded the EMET Prize for his original and significant contribution to the fields of music phenomenology and music epistemology, and the most essential systemic principles of the tonal for theorizing and exemplifying music, from which derive new teaching and analytical methods. His publications are a significant contribution to the musical thinking of our time. All these have made him one of the greatest Israeli and international thinkers in the field of music.

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Mr. Yoni Rechter

The composer, music arranger and musical director Yoni Rechter is awarded the EMET Prize for being one of the most prominent musicians emerging in the 1970s, for composing and arranging dozens of songs in a variety of styles, and for his significant contribution to Hebrew music through the poems he set to music, creating songs that were performed by Israel’s greatest singers.

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2007 EMET Prize Laureates

Emet Prize 2007 Photo Gallery

Photos from the 2007 EMET Prize ceremony, an annual prize given for excellence in academic and professional achievements that have far reaching influence and significant contribution to society.

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Prof. Micha Sharir

Prof. Micha Sharir is awarded the EMET Prize for his pioneering work in computational geometry and its applications and for his fundamental contributions in the fields of Algorithmic Motion Planning in Robotics and Discrete Geometry.

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Prof. Shmuel Agmon

Prof. Shmuel Agmon is awarded the EMET Prize for paving new paths in the study of partial-elliptical differential equations and their problematic language and for advancing the knowledge in the field, as well as his essential contribution to the development of the Spectral Theory and the Distribution Theory of Schroedinger Operators.

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Prof. Vitali Milman

Prof. Vitali Milman is awarded the EMET Prize for his crucial role in the discovery and development of the Concentration of Measure Phenomenon and its implications to geometric analysis, and especially for understanding the asymptotic properties of finite dimensional normed spaces, as well as for his essential contribution to the enhancement of excellence in mathematics in Israel.

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Former Justice Aharon Barak

Prof. Aharon Barak is awarded the EMET Prize for his unique contribution to the study of law and its development, for strengthening the rule of law and basic human rights in Israel, and for his outstanding contribution to enhancing the status of the legal system and the Supreme Court in Israel and throughout the world.

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Prof. Shlomo Giora Shoham

Prof. Shlomo Giora Shoham is awarded the Emet Prize for his contribution to the formulation of original and profound ideas in varied fields of criminology and penal theory, and for setting himself the goal of developing criminology as a scientific socio-legal branch. He was one of the pioneers and path-finders in Israel in teaching and research of the field, including the founding of institutes of criminology and criminal law at the Bar-Ilan and Tel-Aviv universities.

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Prof. Eliora Ron

Prof. Eliora Ron is awarded the EMET Prize for her major scientific contribution to genomics and for understanding the regulatory aspects of the bacterial reaction to environmental pressure, as well as her academic and educational leadership in strengthening the position of microbiology in Israel and Europe.

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Prof. Yosef Yarden

Prof. Yosef Yarden is awarded the EMET Prize for his original and significant contribution to unraveling the biochemical mechanism in the development and multiplication of the cancerous cell, and particularly the role of growth factor receptors and signal transmitters; for his groundbreaking research, which paved the way for a new approach in the development of drugs that have been put into use and saved the lives of many cancer patients; and for his leadership as an influential teacher and scholar in the fields of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in Israel.

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Prof. Myriam Yardeni

Prof. Myriam Yardeni is awarded the EMET Prize for her pioneering studies in the field of Western European history and French history in particular; for her works on Huguenots, Jews and other minorities and the formation of the French national identity, which are cornerstones in modern historiography, and for her academic leadership as teacher and scholar.

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Prof. Avishai Margalit

Prof. Avishai Margalit is awarded the EMET Prize for his original and influential contribution in the fields of political thought, ethics and the philosophy of religion, and for his works dealing with the complex moral and political issues of this day and age. All these have made him one of the most important philosophers in Israel and abroad.

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David Grossman

David Grossman is awarded the EMET Prize for his works, including short-story collections and novels, documentary and philosophical writings, a play and books for children and teenagers, all of which deal broadly, profoundly and without hesitation with the fundamental questions of human existence in general and the Jewish and Israeli existence in particular. With his complex, accurate and intimate insight his literary works shed light on the consciousness of his characters and on the mental processes they go through within a national-historical context. His writing stands out for its originality and its variety of artistic forms.

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Sami Michael

Sami Michael is awarded the EMET Prize for redefining the Israeli experience and broadening its boundaries with the inclusion of social environments that were previously excluded from it. By authentically representing the voice of the "other" and placing the immigrant, the woman or the Arab at the centre of his writing he initiated a significant process towards pluralism in Hebrew literature. His works stand out for their fascinating plots and create a realistic atmosphere that verges on the magical, making it difficult to tear oneself away from the intensity of the events described.

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2016 EMET Prize Laureates

2016 EMET Prize Laureates

2006 EMET Prize Laureates

Prof. Yoseph Imry

Professor Yoseph Imry is awarded the EMET Prize for his studies that have led to the formation and development of Mesoscopic Physics, for the discovery of important phenomena in the field with consequences for electronic devices used in nanotechnology and for his groundbreaking works in the study of physics in general and Condensed-Matter physics in particular.

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Prof. Yakir Aharonov

Professor Yakir Aharonov is awarded the EMET Prize for elucidating the principles of Quantum Theory, for being a pioneer and a leader in the exploration of the profound meanings of this theory and for his unique discoveries that have had an impact on various fields in physics.

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Prof. Zvi Garfunkel

Professor Zvi Garfunkel is awarded the EMET Prize for his achievements in the various fields of geology, for his unique contribution to the study of the geology of the Land of Israel and the Middle East as well as the study of the Dead Sea Rift, for his multidisciplinary exploration of the Earth's activity, the deciphering of the processes that shaped the Mediterranean Basin and for his analysis of subjects relating to geodynamics, block rotations, plate motions and rift formation.

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Prof. Peretz Lavie

Professor Peretz Lavie is awarded the EMET Prize for his pioneering studies in sleep research and sleep disorders, for being the father of sleep medicine and sleep research in Israel, for introducing changes in sleep and work routines in the country and for his influence and contribution to the quality of life of people both in Israel and abroad.

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Prof. Ada Yonath

Professor Ada Yonath is awarded the EMET Prize for her unique pioneering studies aimed at determining the ribosome structure, studies which led to new insights concerning the function of a complex biological system, for focusing on the mechanisms exploited by antibiotics in paralyzing the ribosome, and for the inspired development of new antibiotic drugs.

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Prof. Eli Keshet

Prof. Eli Keshet is awarded the EMET Prize for his pioneering and ground-breaking studies into the vascular system and its connection to cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and for his rare combination of excellence and novel research methods which have produced insights on how to implement the knowledge about the creation of blood vessel.

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Prof. Ariel Rubinstein

Professor Ariel Rubinstein is awarded the EMET Prize for his innovative research and its contribution to the formation of modern economic theory, for his unique contribution in the fields of economic theory and Game Theory and for presenting a strategic approach to the issue of bargaining, an approach that bears his name.

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Prof. Haim Levy

Professor Haim Levy is awarded the EMET Prize for the role his studies played in the formation of the modern finance theory and its development, for his contribution to the development of the Stochastic Dominance theory, which paved the way to a better understanding of the modern finance theory and allowed for the development of investment decision making rules under uncertainty.

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Prof. Yaakov Sussman

Professor Yaakov Sussmann is awarded the EMET Prize for his inspirational and multifaceted contribution to the study of Talmudic literature, and for being a lodestone for scholars of the Talmud and the rabbinical literature in Israel and abroad.

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Prof. Yehuda Liebes

Professor Yehuda Liebes is awarded the EMET Prize for his outstanding contribution to the study of Jewish mysticism over the centuries as well as the study of Sabbateanism, for his original studies on Zohar literature which touch upon different disciplines and for his scientific work on a wide variety of themes within Jewish thought in different periods.

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Prof. Nitza Metzger Szmuk

The Professor architect Nitza Metzger Szmuk is awarded the EMET Prize for her achievements and her outstanding contribution to local culture in the promotion of site and building conservation, for raising public awareness to the importance and the value of the architectural heritage in "The White City" of Tel Aviv and for promoting Israel's position and prestige worldwide.

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Mr. Zvi Narkiss

The Designer Zvi Narkis is awarded the EMET Prize for his creativity in the design of the Hebrew font, for the design of typefaces for the Hebrew alphabet over a period of fifty years, which made possible the transition from traditional Hebrew fonts to modern types, and for ingeniously combining ancient traditions with modern design concepts in creating the Hebrew type.

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2005 EMET Prize Laureates

Prof. Meir Wilchek

For his seminal contributions in the field of molecular recognition and its application in chemical and biological systems. For the development of affinity chromatography for purification of biologically active molecules and the avidin-biotin system, which had a major impact in the fields of chemistry, biology, medicine and nanotechnology.

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Prof. Zehev Tadmor

For his original and pioneering contribution to the field of polymer processing, transforming it into a new and important engineering discipline, and for his academic leadership as a pre-eminent mentor and researcher in chemical engineering in Israel.

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Prof. Yosef Shiloh

For his achievements in the research of cellular responses to DNA damage and the molecular basis of the human genetic disorder Ataxia-Telangiectasia. This research has revolutionized our understanding of the DNA damage response and has revealed new avenues to understanding the functional links between the DNA damage response and cancer formation.

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Prof. Zvi Selinger

For his groundbreaking studies in cell signaling, which provided the framework for understanding the molecular basis of how signal flows through the G proteins switch. His discoveries yielded major insights into the action of cell receptors and their ability to serve as targets for therapeutic drugs.

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Prof. S.N. Eisenstadt

For his distinctive contribution to comparative historical sociology of civilizations and the study of modernization; for the central role he played in the development of Israeli sociology and of the sociology of Israel; for his deep commitment to teaching and research, and for the creation of a constructive dialogue between different theoretical schools, scientific disciplines, cultures and generations.

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Prof. Amos Kloner

For his contributions in the field of archaeological research, especially in Jerusalem and the Judaean Shephella: the discovery and study of the hideaway caves from the days of Bar Kochba, the excavation of the ancient towns of Maresha and Beth Guvrin. For his work as district archaeologist for Jerusalem and the Judaea in the Department of Antiquities and for his approach which views archaeology as an academic, public and educational mission.

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Prof. Efraim Stern

For his research and professional work, which have placed him in the forefront of Israeli archaeology; for disseminating archaeological knowledge through scientific editing and publishing; for the extensive excavations in which he has been involved as team member and director; and for his broad and in-depth knowledge of the Land of Israel and its material culture between the First and Second Temple periods.

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Prof. Benjamin Harshav

The 2005 Emet Prize for the study of literature was awarded to Harshav (Hrushovski) for his unique position in shaping the study of literature in Israel in the past forty-five years, in dialogue with international scholarship; for founding a school of literary theory; for his important studies in the theory of the literary text, theory of prose, theory of poetry, and Jewish culture; and for his contribution to Hebrew literature itself, notably in poetry translations.

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Prof. R.I. Zvi Werblowsky

For his great contribution to the study of the religious phenomenon and its manifestation in various cultures, and for establishing the study of religions in Israel, as well as his public activities for the promotion of inter-religious dialogue and the encouragement of tolerance and understanding between different religious communities in Israel and abroad.

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Mrs. Orna Porat

For 57 years of creative work on the stages of all Israeli theaters, for her public and national contribution to educating children and youth to attend the theater and for, producing productions from the finest world-known repertoire

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Mr. Michael Gurevich

For the many plays he directed and wrote, for his contribution to the Israeli Theater with his special directing style developed through his artistic work, for the many years of teaching the art of acting, for the artistic tutoring of tens of actors and for presenting their talent to the Israeli theaters.

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2004 EMET Prize Laureates

Prof. Hillel Furstenberg

The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Hillel Furstenberg, one of the great mathematicians of our time, for his extraordinary achievements and his fundamental, original and deep contribution to ergodic theory, topological dynamics, Lie groups and combinatorial number theory. His important scientific contribution has done much to establish Israel’s international standing in the field of mathematics.

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Prof. Michael Ozer Rabin

The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Michael Oser Rabin for his extraordinary achievements in a variety of fields: Automata theory, computational complexity, probabilistic algorithms and encryption theory. His work has defined the most significant trends of research in computer science since the field was founded. His influence and international status have greatly contributed to advancing Israel’s standing as a leading world center of computer science and knowledge-intensive industries. Professor Rabin is one of the giants in Computer Science and belongs to the handful of the greatest scientists in this field since A. Turing.

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Prof. Moshe Abeles

The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Moshe Abeles for his ground-breaking contribution to the study of the brain in many fields. His prolific research in the field of computational physiology, has brought about a significant change in the understanding of the brain, and is at the forefront of the field in Israel and throughout the world.

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Prof. Michel Revel

The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Michel Revel for being among the world leaders in biotechnology research. His prolific academic research has yielded new medical treatments for many illnesses, and has become a great biotechnological success.

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Prof. Haim Harari

The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Haim Harari for his significant contribution to providing science education for all pupils in the education system. His wondrous ability to introduce into the field of educational philosophy, patterns borrowed from scientific fields, and inculcate them successfully within the Israeli education system, constitutes a breakthrough in educational practice.

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Prof. Zvi Lamm

The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Zvi Lamm for his exceptional contribution to educational philosophy and practice in Israel. His contribution to education in Israel encompasses all levels from theory to practice, and ranges from challenges and criticism to creating conceptual and organizational infrastructure.

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Prof. Mario Mikulincer

The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Mario Mikulincer for his extraordinary contribution in the study of personality and social psychology. His prolific work, his systematic and innovative scientific approach and his theoretical and practical contribution have put his research in the forefront of the field in Israel and around the world.

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Prof. Meir Benayahu

Prof. Benayahu founded in the 1950's, together with President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the Institute for the Research of Jewish Communities in the Middle East (Ben-Zvi Institute). He was awarded the EMET Prize for his unique and in-depth contribution to the study of Jewish communities, Hebrew imprints, Rabbinic literature and Jewish wisdom, and ancient manuscripts, as well as the outstanding management of important scientific projects.

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Prof. Emanuel Tov

The EMET prize is awarded to Prof. Emanuel Tov for his crucial contribution to the study of the Biblical text and the Septuagint, as well as the outstanding management of important scientific projects, first and foremost among them, the management of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project and bringing their publication to completion. His prolific work constitutes a basic foundation of Bible studies in Israel and around the world. His completion of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project opened a new chapter in the study of these texts.

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Mr. Yair Garbuz

The EMET prize is awarded to painter Yair Garbuz, a creative and influential artist and one of the greatest visual troubadours of Israeli art. His unique style has had an immense influence, and Garboz has made a marked contribution in this field.

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Mr Yaacov Dorchin

The EMET prize is awarded to sculptor Yaacov Dorchin for creating among the most prominent, unique and influential works in the field of sculpture. His work introduced Israeli art to the use of local materials and a form of processing that has become an Israeli canon and an accepted standard.

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2003 EMET Prize Laureates

Prof. Yuval Neeman

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Yuval Neeman for his pioneering and decisive contribution to deciphering the atomic nuclear structure and its components via algebraic and composite theory methods, and for his tremendous scientific contribution to the development of subatomic physics in Israel.

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Prof. Igal Talmi

The Emet Prize is awarded to Igal Talmi for his pioneering and decisive contribution to deciphering the atomic nuclear structure and its components via algebraic and composite theory methods, and for his tremendous scientific contribution to the development of subatomic physics in Israel.

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Prof. Moshe Oren

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Moshe Oren for his trailblazing research into the understanding of the molecular and biochemical foundations of cancer and his leading-edge contribution to the discovery and characterization of the p53 protein and the gene associated with this protein.

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Prof. Ilan Chet

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Ilan Chet for being a pioneer in the development and progress of the biological control of plant diseases using environmentally friendly microorganisms, a field of extreme importance whose goal is to protect plants and produce while preventing the contamination of the environment by toxic pesticides.

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Prof. Varda Rotter

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Varda Rotter for her trailblazing research into the understanding of the molecular and biochemical foundations of cancer and his leading-edge contribution to the discovery and characterization of the p53 protein and the gene associated with this protein.

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Prof. Ruth Gavison

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Ruth Gavison, one of Israel’s eminent thinkers in the field of public law in Israel and in legal philosophy, for her academic and public activities in promoting democracy and establishing human rights and for her great contribution to the prestige of the rule of law in Israel.

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Prof. Moshe Jammer

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Moshe Jammer for being one of the greatest researchers of the philosophy of modern physics for some 50 years, for his new, original and fascinating research into the foundation stones of the exact sciences.

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Prof. Michael Confino

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Michael Confino for his contribution to the research of Russian history, which has earned him renown as an eminent historians worldwide, and for his decisive contribution to both empirical research and to a broad, in-depth and original concept of historical development and the manner in which historians relate to it.

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Prof. Noam Sheriff

The Emet Prize is awarded to Prof. Noam Sheriff for being a multi-faceted musician: a composer, conductor, interpreter, lecturer and teacher who has left his personal and distinguished mark on his works. His abounding talent and impressive imagination in his works have earned him renown in Israel and around the world and he has thereby brought honor to Israel.

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Choreographer Rina Schenfeld

The Emet Prize is awarded to Rina Schenfeld for being a dancer, teacher and productive and innovative choreographer and a curious researcher. She has contributed greatly to Israeli dance through her unique character as a dancer and created a new standard for excellence, diligence and innovation.

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