There is no other award for intellectual excellence that comes close to the prestige of the Nobel Prizes. Awarded in recognition of academic, cultural, and/or scientific advances annually since 1901, the Nobel Prizes promote the progress of our society and a better understanding of ourselves while honouring dedicated individuals who possess an inspiring commitment to their ideals. While Nobel achievements don’t come easily, three Technion professors and one graduate have won in recent years for exciting scientific breakthroughs.
The university’s Nobel legacy began in 2004, when two distinguished Technion professors won Israel’s first Nobel Prizes in the natural sciences. Distinguished Prof. Dan Shechtman then won for his important chemistry discovery in 2011 and Technion graduate Prof. Arieh Warshel was awarded the 2013 Prize in Chemistry. When you study abroad at Technion, you can witness for yourself the stimulating academic environment, education, faculty and facilities that play a vital role in nurturing future Nobel laureates. Will you be the next winner?
Technion’s Nobel Legacy Explained for Students Studying Abroad in Israel
It’s no exaggeration to say that the high quality of research and graduates from Technion have both paved the way for Israel’s booming high-tech industries and revolutionized medical understanding. Technion professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover spent decades unveiling the mysteries of the ubiquitin system, a protein ubiquitous to all living cells that is a key factor in determining when and how a cell should regenerate.
Their work revealing the incredible efficiency of cells and how unwanted proteins are broken down into amino acid was eventually recognized as an important discovery for human health and awarded the Nobel Prize in 2004.
Learn more about the Ubiquitin molecule is a “kiss of death” for proteins and “kiss of life” for cells in this fascinating animated video:
The breakthrough of Profs. Hershko and Ciechanover led to powerful treatments for neuro-degenerative disorders like multiple myeloma and potentially Parkinson’s disease. Fellow Technion Professor Dan Shechtman’s groundbreaking discovery of quasiperiodic crystals (also called Shechtmanite) in 1982 was initially scorned by colleagues but it fundamentally changed the prevailing views of the atomic structure of matter.
His findings that atoms in crystals could be structured in an unrepeatable pattern opened a new scientific field that has led to the development of extremely strong materials such as surgical tools, razor blades, and diesel engines, as well as protective coatings and metal alloys.
Here is an enlightening video describing his discovery:
“Technion is a very good school for engineering and science,” says Prof. Shechtman. “The system here encourages originality. We are free thinkers—this is the Israeli spirit… you can argue your opinion and it is accepted. This helps when you try to push your scientific ideas.”
How Study Abroad Programs in Israel Connect You to This Nobel Spirit
International students interested in learning amidst Technion’s world renowned academic environment can study in Israel in English and choose from a variety of disciplines. The challenging and intensive courses at one of the world’s most innovative universities can be tailored to meet your specific interests while ensuring you meet requirements for your home university or prospective graduate or advanced studies.
Nobel victories, including Technion alumnus Prof. Arieh Warshel being recognized in 2013 for research that will help future computers unravel complex chemical processes, not only shine the world’s spotlight on our leading technical university but inspire our brilliant faculty and students, including those studying abroad in Israel, to persevere in their quest for knowledge.
Do you dream of following in the footsteps of Technion’s Nobel Prize winners?
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