Thursday, February 2, 2012

100 Years of Technion - It starts here.

1912-2012: a musical celebration of 100 years of creativity.

Timeline of a Century
1912-2012 - Technion opens festivities of a 100 years since the first cornerstone with a festive concert of the Technion choir and orchestra, and the launching of a national centennial stamp.

Three Nobel Laureates in Chemistry - Distinguished Professors Avram Hershko, Aaron Ciechanover and Dan Shechtman - received yesterday the special stamp that was issued by Israel Postal Company to commemorate 100 Years to the laying of the cornerstone for the Technion. The stamp was launched in frame of a festive concert commemorating the Technion's cornerstone centennial, in the presence of Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie, Mayor of Haifa Adv. Yona Yahav, Chairman of the Board of Israel Postal Company Sasi Shilo, and Director of Philatelic Services Yaron Ratzon.

The Chairman of the Board of Israel Postal Company Sasi Shilo said that "the stamp we are launching today salutes the first academic educational institute established in Israel, and one of the most prominent institutes in its field worldwide". He added that the Technion's praiseworthy activity has had substantial contribution to the development of the State of Israel's economy.

Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie said that he is as excited on this evening as he was on December 10th, 2004 and on December 10th, 2011 in Stockholm, when the three professors received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He also emphasized the exciting event held in New York on December 19, 2011, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the Technion and Cornell University have won the tender to establish an applied science and engineering campus in his city.

Mayor of Haifa Adv. Yona Yahav said that his city is identified with the distinguished institute that it is honored to have had residing in it for over one hundred years now.

The Shalom Zielony Technion Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Menahem Nebenhaus and Leonti Wolf, performed an especially festive concert. Sasi Shilo and Yaron Ratzon unveiled the stamp and granted it to the Nobel laureates, to the designer of the stamp Naama Tumarkin (Director of the Israel Technion Society), and to Distinguished Prof. Danny Weihs and Prof. Eyal Zussman, whose research subject is displayed on the stamp. 

Description of the stamp and the First Day Cover

The stamp enfolds within it the past, present and future not only of the Technion, but also of the State of Israel, that has become a science and technology pioneer.

The stamp features a rendering of the building façade, designed by the Jewish-German architect Alexander Baerwald, one of the pioneers of modern Israeli architecture.

Out of the building grows an element developed in the Technion by three scientists: Distinguished Prof. Daniel Weihs, Prof. Alexander Yarin and Prof. Eyal Zussman. It is the prototype of a nano-parachute, whose structure and movement are based on the structure of the dandelion seed and its movement in the air. The nano-parachute is made of nano-fibers, and is in fact a sophisticated detector of airborne toxins. Thousands of nano-parachutes that are dispersed at a site suspected of being contaminated change their color in the presence of toxins, thus allowing to determine the type of toxins and to prevent or mitigate loss of life. The scientific patents behind the image have recently been applied in a prize winning start up NanoSpun at the Gutwirth Science Park in Technion City.

In recent years, the Technion has engaged in nano-technology research in a number of areas: nano-electronics, nano-optics, nano-materials, and their interface with life sciences. This field brings about collaborations between scientists in a variety of disciplines and from different faculties. The element displayed in the stamp is an excellent example of this.

The stamp tab features the invitation to "the cornerstone laying ceremony, on Thursday, 24 Nissan 5672 (April 11, 1912), at 3 pm at the Technikum plot”.

The First Day Cover shows a photo of the Technion building after its completion, along with a rendering of the building. Above them float icosahedrons, bodies taken from the research of Prof. Dan Shechtman of the Technion, the Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2011 for his discovery of quasiperiodic crystals.  

The photo seen in the stamp is that of a nano-parachute on the palm of a hand – courtesy of Miki Koren.

The stamp was designed by Naama Tumarkin, Director of the Israel Technion Society.

Denomination: NIS 2.60.
The unveiling of the Technion Centennial National Postal Stamp.

(L-R) Nobel Laureate 2011 Dan Shechtman, Nobel Laureate 2004 Avram Hershko,
Nobel Laureate 2004 Aaron Ciechanover, Technion President Peretz Lavie.


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