Love of Art and of Science Unite at Technion

A monumental and striking sculpture, dedicated September 15 on the campus of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, pays tribute to two devoted Technion supporters and arts patrons.

Dr. Irwin and Joan Jacobs of San Diego were honored for their far-reaching contributions to the Technion over the years, most recently to the Graduate School that now bears their name.


Dr. Irwin and Joan Jacobs at the sculpture dedication

The latticed stainless-steel sculpture is mounted on basalt rock. The stone symbolizes the ancient, the starting point, while the airy flight of the latticed steel bars stands for the inspiration that drives the evolution of science.  Created by the Israeli artist, YaŽl Artsi, the sculpture merges with the environment rather than obscuring the view.

Dr. Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Technion Guardians who have reached the highest level of support, are also renowned patrons of the arts.

Dr. Jacobs said that although they had previously seen pictures of the concept, catching their first glimpse of the installation on campus was inspiring.

“I hope that students, faculty, and visitors for many years to come will not only enjoy its beauty but will be encouraged by its creativity to think grand, soaring thoughts,” he said.

Mrs. Jacobs said that while they are honored to have their names associated with many worthwhile organizations and buildings, they had never previously dedicated a piece of art. “This is an important moment in our lives,” she added.

Dr. Jacobs is a former professor at MIT and University of California, San Diego, and a groundbreaking entrepreneur who co-founded LINKABIT and QUALCOMM. These companies have employed hundreds of Technion graduates in Israel and in the U.S.

“Thanks for turning out superb graduates,” he said to the Technion management.

The Graduate School at the Technion was officially established in 1956, but towards the end of 2006, the year in which it celebrated its Golden Jubilee, the School received the Jacobs’ outstanding gift which resulted in its being renamed the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Graduate School. They had previously established the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Center for Communication and Information Technologies at the Technion.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is Israel's leading science and technology university.  Home to the country's winners of the Nobel Prize in science, it commands a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in nanotechnology, computer science, biotechnology, water-resource management, materials engineering, aerospace and medicine.  The majority of the founders and managers of Israel's high-tech companies are alumni. Based in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) is the leading American organization supporting higher education in Israel, with offices around the country.


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