Laureates 2005

Past - Archaeology

Israel Finkelstein

Israel Finkelstein


Prof. Israel Finkelstein is the holder of the Jacob M. Alkow
Chair in the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron
Ages at Tel Aviv University. He served as Director of The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv
University from 1996-2002.

Israel Finkelstein is widely regarded as a leading scholar in the archaeology of the Levant and as a foremost applicant of archaeological knowledge to reconstructing biblical

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Graeme Barker

Graeme Barker

Professor of Archaeology and Director, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research University of Cambridge, Professor Graeme Barker, FBA, has been an enormously important figure in both European and world archaeology since the 1970s. In striking contrast with most scholars in his discipline he has researched in all major periods of the past from early prehistory to the historic period, and in an extraordinarily wide range of regions -

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Present - The Performing Arts: Film, Theater, Dance, Music

Peter Brook

Peter Brook

Peter Brook, born in London, on March 21, 1925 , is currently the Director of the International Center for Theatre Creations in Paris, France.

Peter Brook is one of the giants of contemporary theatre. A unique creative genius who, through his groundbreaking productions, has reinvented the way actors and directors think about theatre. Throughout his career, his work has been gratefully acclaimed in theatre, opera, film and writing.

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Future - Materials Science

C.N.R. Rao

C.N.R. Rao

C.N.R. Rao is the Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.

Prof. Rao is one of the world's foremost solid state and materials chemists. He has made prolific and sustained contributions to the development of the field over five decades. His work on transition metal oxides has led to basic understanding of novel phenomena and the relationship between materials properties and

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George Whitesides

George Whitesides

George Whitesides is Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, USA.

Prof. Whitesides has been a prolific contributor to the field of materials science. He was the first to explore the intersection of molecular-scale synthesis and surface science, which led to his work on self-assembly monolayers (SAMs). The development of SAMs has led to the transformation of surface

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Robert Langer

Robert Langer

Robert Langer is the Kenneth L. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Prof. Langer has pioneered the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering. He has contributed to the development of biocompatible polymers for drug delivery and synthetic polymers to form specific tissue structures creating the field of tissue engineering. His work has allowed the controlled release of

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