Adams Fellowship 311.
(photo credit: The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities Arch)
Montreal entrepreneur Marcel Adams will mark his 91st birthday this year by
boosting the careers of 10 up-and-coming scientific researchers.
Wednesday, the energetic Holocaust survivor will present prestigious Adams
Fellowships worth a total of $1 million to 10 top doctoral students from around
The fellows will each receive a stipend of over $100,000
during a ceremony at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Jerusalem.
They are also exempt from paying tuition during their maximum of four years of
According to the academy, the rigorous selection process
headed by the universities and the Adams Fellowship Fund’s professional
selection committee, ensure that this year’s recipients stand at the forefront
in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, life sciences
Fellow Daphna Nachmani of Jerusalem, whose research on
the prevention of the herpes virus has been published in prestigious scientific
journals, also teaches science to 14-yearolds.
Nachmani was chosen to
present her work at the Second European Congress of Immunology in Berlin in
Recipient Sophia Buhbut from Ashkelon, whose research focuses on
photoelectrochemical solar cells, developed a device that scatters light in
preferred orientations, acting like an optical antenna. Her product is being
used by the New 3G Solar company.
She plans to do her postdoctoral work
abroad in the field of renewable energy, focusing on green energy, and then
return to Israel.
Doron Puder has loved math since kindergarten. In the
army, the Jerusalemnative served in a technological- mathematical unit in the
Intelligence Corps, winning the Israel Defense Prize several times.
working two years at a New York-based hedge fund, Puder returned to Israel to
complete his doctoral studies and is conducting fruitful research at the
Israel Air Force pilot Avi Braun, another Adams
Fellow, serves as a reserve pilot over 70 days a year and dreams of inventing a
new source of energy.
His state-of-the-art research deals with the basic
and practical aspects of bringing photovoltaic–solar energy converted into
current electricity– to a state where it can serve as a wide-scale source of
Upon graduation, recipient Amir Nevet began working as a systems
engineer at a start-up medical company, where he conducted and managed a project
to acoustically communicate through a pulmonary implant in heartfailure
patients. The company was bought by Boston Scientific.
Marcel Adams began
as a penniless survivor from Romania who fought in the War of
He eventually became a successful real estate developer and
entrepreneur in Canada, and launched his fellowship program in 2005.