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2008 EMET Prize Laureates

The EMET Prize is an annual prize given for excellence in academic and professional achievements that have far reaching influence and significant contribution to society.

Prof. Joshua Jortner

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Exact Sciences: Chemistry

Prof. Joshua Jortner is awarded the EMET Prize for his unique and original works, which led to the formation of many areas within physical chemistry, and shaped thinking patterns in the fields of molecular relaxation, electron-transfer processes, photoselective chemistry and the chemistry of molecular clusters, and for his significant contributions to academic research in Israel and worldwide. His work influenced the development of new research areas.

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Prof. Itamar Willner

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Exact Sciences: Chemistry

Prof. Itamar Willner is awarded the EMET Prize for his pioneering research, promoting scientific disciplines in the fields of molecular and biomolecular electronics, as well as the development of nanobiotechnology. His studies bridge chemistry, biology and materials science, and they establish an interdisciplinary research field at the forefront of science.

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Prof. Batsheva Kerem

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Life Sciences: Genetics

Prof. Batsheva Kerem is awarded the EMET Prize for her scientific contribution to understanding the genetic mechanisms of common hereditary diseases, for her vital collaboration in identifying the gene responsible for CF and for understanding the molecular basis of the disease, for her significant contribution to the study of fragile sites in the human genome and their involvement in various diseases and for her crucial role in public activities for the promotion of human genome research in Israel.

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Prof. Yoram Groner

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Life Sciences: Genetics

Prof. Yoram Groner is awarded the EMET Prize for his groundbreaking studies in the molecular biology of Down Syndrome, which proved the gene-dosage effect theory in the trisomy of chromosome 21, for his substantial contributions to understanding the mechanisms of genetic diseases in humans and for his crucial role in Israel's involvement in the Human Genome Project.

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Prof. Rachel Elboim-Dror

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Social Sciences: Education

Prof. Rachel Elboim-Dror is awarded the EMET Prize for her life work in the study of the history of Hebrew education in Palestine. Her writings constitute a significant contribution to the understanding of the Hebrew education system and the study of the formation of society and the revival of the Hebrew as a spoken, living language. Her books are an important asset for every researcher. Her narratives, based on solid methodology, are valuable scientific documents.

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Prof. Moshe Dov Caspi

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Social Sciences: Education

Prof. Moshe Dov Caspi, is awarded the EMET Prize for his educational theories and projects. A man of vision and practice, a pioneer and path-finder in the field of education in Israel, By implementing his theories he introduced creativity as a concept that may be translated into action. The school he founded, Hanisui, was pioneering and ground-breaking for all democratic, humanistic and open schools. His work introduced models of combined and interdisciplinary learning to the education system.

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Prof. Etan Kohlberg

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Humanities: Middle Eastern studies

Prof. Etan Kohlberg is awarded the EMET Prize for his unique contribution to the study of Islam and in particular its Shii branch. His research has made him one of the foremost scholars in this field, not just in Israel, but in the whole world.

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Prof. Sasson Somekh

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Humanities: Middle Eastern studies

Prof. Sasson Somekh is awarded the EMET Prize for his valuable contribution to the interpretation and understanding of modern Arabic literature and for fostering cultural ties between the Israeli society and the Arabic-speaking world. He is a scholar in the field of Arabic literature and translator of poetry.

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Prof. Yizhak Sadai

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Culture and Arts: Music

Prof. Yizhak Sadai is awarded the EMET Prize for his original and significant contribution to the fields of music phenomenology and music epistemology, and the most essential systemic principles of the tonal for theorizing and exemplifying music, from which derive new teaching and analytical methods. His publications are a significant contribution to the musical thinking of our time. All these have made him one of the greatest Israeli and international thinkers in the field of music.

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Mr. Yoni Rechter

2008 EMET Prize Laureate - Culture and Arts: Music

The composer, music arranger and musical director Yoni Rechter is awarded the EMET Prize for being one of the most prominent musicians emerging in the 1970s, for composing and arranging dozens of songs in a variety of styles, and for his significant contribution to Hebrew music through the poems he set to music, creating songs that were performed by Israel’s greatest singers.

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