The Nobel Prize Committees have honored 11 Israelis since Shmuel Yosef Agnon
became the first blue-and-white laureate in 1966:
1 and 2. Arieh Warshel and
Michael Levitt — awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize
in Chemistry jointly with Martin
3. Dan Shechtman
– won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his
studies on atoms in rigid crystals.
4. Ada E. Yonath – won the 2009 Nobel
Prize in Chemistry for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome
5. Robert Yisrael Aumann – awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in
Economics for his work on conflict and cooperation through game-theory
6 and 7. Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko – awarded the 2004
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery with Irwin Rose of
ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation.
8. Daniel Kahneman – awarded the
2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in prospect theory.
9 and 10.
Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres – won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with
Yasser Arafat for the peace talks that produced the Oslo Accords.
Menachem Begin – awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize with Anwar Sadat for signing
a peace treaty with Egypt.
12. Shmuel Yosef Agnon – awarded the 1966
Nobel Prize in Literature for his “profoundly characteristic narrative art with
motifs from the life of the Jewish people,” as the Nobel Prize Committee put it.
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