McCartney Named Winner of Israel’s Wolf Prize for Music

Five Wolf Prizes are to be awarded in Jerusalem in May. They will be shared among nine winners from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Hungary and Britain

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FILE: Paul McCartney performs during a benefit concert at the Tobin Center, October 1, 2014, in San Antonio.
FILE: Paul McCartney performs during a benefit concert at the Tobin Center, October 1, 2014, in San Antonio. Credit: אי־פי
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Paul McCartney is one of two winners of Israel’s 2018 Wolf Prize for Music, the Wolf Foundation announced Monday, naming the winners of the prizes for music and sciences.

The five prizes, to be awarded in Jerusalem in May and worth $100,000 each, will be shared among nine winners from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Hungary and Britain.

The Music Prize will be awarded to McCartney and Adam Fischer, a conductor and human rights activist; the Agriculture Prize to Prof. Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois for leading the genome revolution in the biology of honey bee populations; the Chemistry Prize to Prof. Makuto Fujita of the University of Tokyo and Prof. Omar Yaghi of the University of California, Berkeley for their contributions to supramolecular chemistry.

The Mathematics Prize goes to Prof. Alexander Beilinson and Prof. Vladimir Drinfeld, of University of Chicago, for their work in algebraic geometry and mathematical physics; the Physics Prize to Prof. Charles Bennett of IBM and Prof. Gilles Brassard, a physicist and computer scientist from University of Montreal, for the development of quantum crytography and quantum teleportation.

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