Harvey Prize Laureates Speak
The 2015 Harvey Prizes in Science and Technology are awarded to Prof. Marc W. Kirschner of Harvard University, USA, and to Prof. Immanuel Bloch, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany.
Prof. Kirschner, of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, receives the Harvey Prize for his groundbreaking and pioneering discoveries which have opened new fields in three fundamental areas of modern biology: embryology, cell cycle and cell organization. In each of these fields, his work introduced timing and dynamics, uncovering the molecular processes that orchestrate embryo development, the autonomous oscillator of the cell cycle, and revealing the dynamic instability underlying the seemingly static organization of the cytoskeleton.
Prof. Bloch, of Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, is recognized for fundamental contributions in the field of light and matter interactions in quantum many-body systems. In particular, he is recognized for his pioneering experiments realizing quantum simulators using cold atoms trapped in crystals of light, thereby establishing a new research field at the interface of condensed matter, atomic physics, and quantum optics. Prof. Bloch experimentally demonstrated, in an array of cold atoms, the "Zak Phase" named after Prof. Emeritus Joshua Zak of the Technion Faculty of Physics.
First awarded in 1972, Technion's prestigious Harvey Prize was created as a bridge of goodwill between Israel and the nations of the world. It is considered a predictor of the Nobel Prize.