Jan 17, 2014
By Andy Johnson
Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize this year honours Canadian, American, Swedish and Taiwanese scientists. This year’s eight winners include Israeli-Canadian scientist Nahum Sonenberg of McGill University in Montreal. Professor Sonenberg is cited for his discovery of the proteins that control the protein expression mechanism and their operation. Wolf winners are considered strong contenders for Nobel prizes. In the 35 years the Wolf Foundation has granted the awards, about one out of three laureates in chemistry, physics and medicine have gone on to receive the Nobel. The eight winners share $100,000 awards in each of five categories. The prizes will be officially awarded in May at a state ceremony in the Knesset.