Harvey Prize Predicts Two Nobel Prizes Awarded December 10th, 2018
Prof. James P. Allison and Dr. Arthur Ashkin joined the community of Harvey Prize Winners who went on to receive the Nobel Prize
Technion Harvey Prize winners, Prof. James P. Allison, and Dr. Arthur Ashkin proudly represented the Technion as they received the 2018 Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physics respectively. Since 1986, 16 Harvey Prize Laureates (26%) of the total number have proceeded to win the Nobel Prize, thereby designating the Harvey Prize a ‘Nobel Predictor’
The Harvey Prize, first awarded by Technion in 1972, was established by the Leo Harvey Foundation recognizing men and women who have significantly contributed to the advancement of humankind in the fields of science and technology, health, and promoting peace in the Middle East. The recipients each receive $75,000
Dr. Arthur Ashkin, 96, received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He won the Harvey Prize in 2004 for his research in generating high-intensity ultra-short optical pulses and for the invention of “optical tweezers” and their application to biological systems, at Bell Laboratories.
Prof. James P. Allison, 70, received the Nobel Prize in medicine for the discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. He received the Harvey Prize in 2014 for developing a new paradigm in the treatment of cancer. Prof. Allison’s research led to the development of FDA approved Yervoy (ipilimumab), for the treatment of late-stage, metastatic melanoma.
Harvey Prize Winners who went on to receive the Nobel Prize
Prof. Ada E. Yonath, Harvey Prize 2002, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009
In recognition for her pioneering crystallographic studies on the ribosome, initiated more than a decade before other scientists were ready to tackle such a bold venture
Prof. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Harvey Prize 1999, Nobel Prize in Medicine 2009
In recognition of her pioneering discoveries and leadership in the rapidly evolving field of research on telomeres, the ends of chromosomes
Prof. Rainer Weiss, and Prof. Kip Stephen Thorne, Harvey Prize 2016, Nobel Prize in Physics 2017
For the first direct detection of gravitational waves, confirming a central prediction of Einstein’s General Relativity
Prof. Bert Sakmann, Harvey Prize1991, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1991
In recognition of his breakthrough achievements in developing the patch clamp technique which revolutionized modern electrophysiology
Prof. Pierre-Gille de Gennes, Harvey Prize 1998, Nobel Prize in Physics 1991
In recognition of his contributions to condensed matter physics
Prof. Shuji Nakamura, Harvey Prize 2009, Nobel Prize in Physics 2014
In recognition of his seminal contribution to nitride containing white light LEDs which revolutionize energy efficient lighting system.