WHY NO CELEBRATION?
I simply cannot understand the JC’s tardy and negative response to the spectacular news that Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry ( JC October 23). When every serious UK newspaper immediately reported this achievement, it took the JC two weeks to mention it and then, instead of celebrating, your cryptic headline was, “Will this be Israel’s last Nobel Prize?”
No it will not. This is just the beginning. Yonath is one of only four women ever to have received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Her approach typifies the philosophy of the Weizmann Institute. Be curious and be persistent.
The Institute is not, as was asserted, losing talent overseas and struggling to fund its programmes. Thirty-four Israeli scientists have left the US to return to the Institute. While it is true that all Israeli universities suffer from the unpredictability of government funding, we have built up a wonderful donor community committed to ensuring that our Institute maintains its position as one of the world’s leading centres of scientific research. Lord Mitchell Chairman,Weizmann UK email@example.com