Prof. Mordechai Segev to Receive Israel Prize
Distinguished Professor Mordechai Segev of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has been selected as the winner of the Israel Prize in Physics. Considered to be the State of Israel's most prestigious honor, the Israel Prize is awarded to those who have displayed excellence in their field or contributed strongly to Israeli culture. It is presented annually on Israel Independence Day in a state ceremony in Jerusalem in the presence of the president, the prime minister, the Knesset speaker and the Supreme Court president.
According to the Israel Prize Committee, Professor Segev was chosen for his pioneering work as a physicist in the field of optics and lasers, adding that his innovative contributions are a source of inspiration and his scientific work is quoted in thousands of scientific articles.
Past winners of the Israel Prize include Technion Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover, Technion Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Avram Hershko, Technion Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman, Technion Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jacob Ziv, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, and Nobel Laureate in Economics Robert J. Aumann of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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