The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

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 par­rym@mac.com

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