The Weizmann Institute of Science was first built in 1934 as the Daniel Sieff Research Institute. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel was also its first President and biggest supporter. In 1949, the institute’s name was officially changed to honor him.
Since its beginnings, the Weizmann Institute of Science has been one of Israel’s leading scientific research institutions. Today, it is a world renowned center of multidisciplinary science. It was at the Weizmann Institute of Science that Israel’s first cancer research and computer and nuclear physics studies were cultivated. Research developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science played a major role in the production of new drugs, computer languages, advanced optic equipment, gene mapping, embryonic transplant tissue research and more. Groundbreaking research initiated at the Weizmann Institute of Science has included work in the fields of amniocentesis, diamond cutting lasers, affinity chromatography, and living polymerization. In 2009, Professor Ada Yonath from the Weizmann Institute of Science was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work in solving the ribosome. This research is the basis for development of newer, more effective antibiotics.
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