Archive for December 15th, 2009

I have already mentioned Professor Ada Yonath who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry before in a previous blog, but a few days ago she actually received the prize in Stockholm  in a festive ceremony attended by the Swedish royal family. Yonath  received the golden Nobel medal from the hands of King Carl XVI Gustaf himself, to the sounds of a trumpet and thunderous applause. Yonath, born in Jerusalem 1939, is the first Israeli woman to win the prize.

We are all very proud of her in Israel, and I especially so, not only for her academic achievements, but also for her great sene of humour. In an interview with an Israeli reporter she described how she had been taught how to behave at the ceremony – how to bow, to whom to bow and things like that, and she had us all laughing.