Israel established the Rita Levi Montalcini award for medicine
The Israeli government has established an international award dedicated to the figure and work of Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel laureate for medicine in 1986. The award will be assigned to a high-profile Israeli academic within the institutional activities aimed at the scientific and technological cooperation between Italy and the State of Israel, a sort of Israeli Nobel Prize for science and technology that will be assigned every year.
The official title of the Israeli award is “Premio Rita Levi Montalcini”. Obviously, the award will not be a statue, but an artistic medal with the title of the prize and the name of the scientist on the one side, and the name of the awarded scientist along with the reason for the awarding on the other side.
The scientist to be awarded will be selected among those who, as specified by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have distinguished themselves in scientific research on the model of the Italian academic who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1986.
The first award, an artistic medal with the title of the prize and the name of the scientist on the one side, and the name of the awarded scientist along with the reason for the awarding on the other side, will be handed out in Tel Aviv at the beginning of November.
Piera Levi-Montalcini, niece of the scientist who was born in Turin in 1909 and died in Rome in 2012, and current President of the association with the same name, said: “This is a beautiful and exciting news, a great honour for my aunt and the Italian scientific community. It is meaningful that this occurs on the thirtiest anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to my aunt. This anniversary will be marked by an historical photo exhibition on my family which will be included among the events organized for the International Festival of Jewish Culture 2016”.