The 29th Wolf Foundation's Prizes in physics, mathematics, agriculture, chemistry and the arts (architecture) contributing to humanity and friendly international relations were awarded, Sunday, to eight scholars representing the United States, Germany, Austria and Portugal. The awards in science are considered second only to the Nobel Prize and the prize in the arts is thought of even more highly.
Taking part in the ceremony at the Knesset with President Shim'on Peres and Acting Knesset Speaker Meir Sheetrit, Education Minister Shai Piron called the winners an example for the students of Israel. He said the presence of outstanding students at the ceremony stressed the value Israel places on excellence and its vision of excellence. He told the students, "We wanted you to come here today, to look at them, and to want to excel. Keep this evening [in mind] and dream of the evening when you sit on this stage. I have no doubt that the dream will soon become a reality."