Wolf Prize


Wolf Prize

Infobox award
name = Wolf Prize
description = Outstanding achievement in Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, and Arts.
presenter = Wolf Foundation
country = Israel
year = 1978
website = http://www.wolffund.org.il/main.asp?idMain=13
The Wolf Prize is a prestigious international award, has been presented annually since 1978 to living scientists and artists for "achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples ... irrespective of nationality, race, colour, religion, sex or political views." The prize is awarded in Israel by the Wolf Foundation, founded by Dr. Ricardo Wolf, a German-born inventor and former Cuban ambassador to Israel. It is awarded in six fields: Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, and an Arts prize that rotates annually between architecture, music, painting and sculpture. Each prize consists of a diploma and US$100,000.

The Wolf Prizes in physics and chemistry are often considered the most prestigious awards in those fields after the Nobel Prize [ [http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/18884 Physicsworld.com: Wolf prize goes to particle theorists] ] [Basolo, F: "From Coello to Inorganic Chemistry: A Lifetime of Reactions", page 65, Springer, 2002] ; in medicine, the prize is probably the third most prestigious, after the Nobel Prize and the Lasker Award. Until the establishment of the Abel Prize, the Wolf Prize was probably the closest equivalent of a "Nobel Prize in Mathematics", since the more prestigious Fields Medal was only awarded every 4 years to mathematicians under 40. The Prize in Agriculture has likewise been equated to a "Nobel Prize in Agriculture" [National ResearchCouncil: "National Research Initiative: A Vital Competitive Grants Program in Food, Fiber and Natural-resources Research", page 155, National Academies Press, 2000] .

"For past Wolf Prize laureates, see the separate lists for Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics and Arts."

ee also

* List of prizes, medals, and awards
* Nobel Prize

Notes

References

*cite web | title=Wolf Foundation General Information | url=http://www.wolffund.org.il | publisher=Wolf Foundation | accessdate=2007-08-24
*cite web | title=Wolf Foundation Founders and Donors | url=http://www.wolffund.org.il/main.asp?idMain=18 | publisher=Wolf Foundation | accessdate=2007-08-24


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