Education Minister Limor Livnat, who serves as the chair of the Wolf Foundation, yesterday announced this year's Wolf Prize winners for physics, mathematics and agriculture. The prizes of $100,000 each will be awarded by President Moshe Katsav in the Knesset on May 11.
This year's Wolf Prize for physics will be awarded to Professor Bertrand Halperin of Harvard University and Professor Anthony Leggett of Illinois University. The jury said the prize was in recognition of the researchers' contribution to the field of condensed matter theory. Halperin, 61, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been a professor at Harvard since 1976. Leggett, 64, a graduate of Oxford University, is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics.
The mathematics prize will be awarded to Professor Mikio Sato from Kyoto University in Japan and to Professor John Tate of Texas University.
The agriculture prize goes to Dr. Fuller W. Bazer of Texas University and Dr. Michael Roberts of the University of Missouri.
Bazer and Roberts independently identified an array of proteins and mechanisms that regulate embryonic development, fetal growth and immune system competence. The uterine protein, uteroferrin, identified by Bazer first in animals may ultimately be useful in treating diseases such as leukemia and osteoporosis in humans, according to the Wolf Prize jury.