Weizmann Institute awards honorary PhDs in November
Seven prominent individuals received the Weizmann Institute’s PhD honoris causa degree this year, in an award ceremony on November 4. They were:
- Architect and entrepreneur David Azrieli, who said in his speech that curiosity and creativity by scientists at the Weizmann Institute give him the feeling “of something great happening” here.
- Maestro Daniel Barenboim, who received the honorary degree for his mastery of classical and contemporary music and for championing of the transformative power of music through co-founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The Orchestra brings together talented young musicians from throughout the Middle East.
- Prof. Helga Nowotny, the keynote speaker of the ceremony, is a distinguished scholar of social studies of science and technology and President of the European Research Council (ERC). In her keynote speech, she called the Weizmann Institute the “Ferrari” of scientific research.
- Prof. Harry B. Gray, a prominent biochemist and innovator, whose work is at the interface of chemistry and biology.
- Prof. Bertrand Halperin, a world-renowned physicist
- David Lopatie, a South African philanthropist who donated funds for the David Lopatie Conference Centre and the David Lopatie Hall for Graduate Studies on the Weizmann Institute campus.
- Luis E. Stillman, a Holocaust survivor and Mexican businessman, is a great friend to the Weizmann Institute who has also helped the Institute reach out to new friends in Mexico.