JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE WOLF PRIZE
(34% of all recipients)


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Wolf Prizes have been awarded annually since 1978 by the Wolf Foundation in Israel.  Awarded in six different categories, these prizes are ranked among the world's most prestigious awards recognizing lifetime achievement in the arts and sciences.

AGRICULTURE (12%) ARTS (28%) CHEMISTRY (41%)
  • Karl Maramorosch (1980)
  • Morris Schnitzer (1995/6)
  • Ilan Chet (1998)
  • Harris Lewin (2011)
  • Jared Diamond (2013)
  • Jorge Dubcovsky (2014) 
  • Marc Chagall (1981)
  • Vladimir Horowitz (1982)
  • Josef Tal (1982)
  • Isaac Stern (1987)
  • Lord Yehudi Menuhin (1991)
  • Frank Gehry (1992)
  • Sir Denys Lasdun (1992)
  • György Ligeti (1995/96)
  • Daniel Barenboim (2004)
  • Peter Eisenman (2010)
  • Murray Perahia (2015)
  • Phyllis Lambert (2016)
  • Lawrence Weiner (2017)
  • Carl Djerassi (1978)
  • Herman Mark 1 (1979)
  • John Polanyi 2 (1982)
  • Rudoph Marcus (1984/5)
  • Joshua Jortner (1988)
  • Raphael Levine (1988)
  • Alexander Pines (1991)
  • Richard Lerner (1994/5)
  • Gilbert Stork (1995/6)
  • Samuel Danishefsky (1995/6)
  • Gabor Somorjai (1998)
  • Henri Kagan (2001)
  • Richard Zare (2005)
  • George Feher (2006/7)
  • Ada Yonath (2006/7)
  • Allen Bard (2008)
  • Stuart Rice (2011)
  • Charles Lieber (2012)
  • Robert Langer (2013)
  • Robert Bergman (2017)
MATHEMATICS (36%)
MEDICINE (41%)
PHYSICS (44%)
  • Israel Gelfand (1978)
  • André Weil (1979)
  • Oscar Zariski (1981)
  • Mark Krein (1982)
  • Paul Erdös (1983/84)
  • Hans Lewy (1984/85)
  • Samuel Eilenberg (1986)
  • Peter Lax (1987)
  • Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro (1990)
  • Mikhael Gromov 1 (1993)
  • Joseph Keller (1996/97)
  • Yakov Sinai (1996/97)
  • Elias Stein (1999)
  • Raoul Bott 2 (2000)
  • Vladimir Arnold 3 (2001)
  • Saharon Shelah (2001)
  • Gregori Margulis (2005)
  • Harry (Hillel) Furstenberg (2006/07)
  • George Mostow (2013)
  • Peter Sarnak (2014)
  • Charles Fefferman (2017)
  • César Milstein (1980)
  • Leo Sachs (1980)
  • Stanley N. Cohen (1981)
  • Solomon Snyder (1982)
  • Meir Wilchek (1987)
  • Elizabeth Neufeld (1988)
  • Seymour Benzer (1991)
  • M. Judah Folkman (1992)
  • Stanley Prusiner (1995/1996)
  • Michael Sela (1998)
  • Ruth Arnon (1998)
  • Eric Kandel (1999)
  • Avram Hershko (2001)
  • Alexander Varshavsky (2001)
  • Robert Weinberg (2004)
  • Alexander Levitzki (2005)
  • Howard Cedar (2008)
  • Aharon Razin (2008)
  • Ronald Evans (2012)
  • Gary Ruvkun (2014)
  • Nahum Sonenberg (2014)
  • Jeffrey Ravetch (2015)
  • C. Ronald Kahn (2016)
  • Michael Fisher (1980)
  • Leo Kadanoff (1980)
  • Victor Weisskopf (1981)
  • Leon Lederman (1982)
  • Martin Perl (1982)
  • Erwin Hahn (1983/84)
  • Sir Peter Hirsch (1983/84)
  • Theodore Maiman (1983/84)
  • Mitchell Feigenbaum (1986)
  • Albert Libchaber (1986)
  • Herbert Friedman (1987)
  • Bruno Rossi (1987)
  • Maurice Goldhaber (1991)
  • Valentine Telegdi (1991)
  • Benoit Mandelbrot (1993)
  • Vitali Ginzburg (1994/95)
  • Yakir Aharonov (1998)
  • Sir Michael Berry (1998)
  • Dan Shechtman (1999)
  • Bertrand Halperin (2002/03)
  • Robert Brout (2004)
  • Francois Englert (2004)
  • Daniel Kleppner (2005)
  • Jacob Bekenstein (2012)
  • Robert Kirshner (2015)
  • Yosef Imry (2016)
NOTES
1. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father; see Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century, by Masha Gessen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2009, p. 108).
2. Jewish mother and step-father, non-Jewish father; see Raoul Bott: Collected Papers, Vol. 1  (Birkhäuser, Boston, 1994, pp. 11-12).

3. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father; see Celestial Encounters, by F. Diacu and P. Holmes (Princeton, 1996, p. 191).

NOTES
1. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother.  See, e.g., the last paragraph of the section entitled "I.G. FARBENINDUSTRIE" at http://www.nasonline.org/publications/biographical-memoirs/memoir-pdfs/mark-h-f.pdf.
2. Son of the Hungarian Jewish physical chemist and philosopher Michael Polanyi.   See also Ismerjük''oket?: zsidó származású nevezetes magyarok arcképcsarnoka, by István Reményi Gyenes (Ex Libris, Budapest, 1997).


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