Product Description For Weizmann Institute Israel Medal Bronze 1970 New Uncirculated:
This listing is for one uncirculated:
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot
Israel 1970 59 mm Bronze Commemorative Medal Uncirculated.
Comes withnplastic display stand as shown in photos.
Medal is 59 mm or about 2.32 inches in diameter, which is much larger than a USA Silver Dollar (1.5 inches). The medal weighs 97 gm or about 3.42 ounces.
The obverse of the medal shows the emblem of Rehovot, oranges and books and a microscope, symbolizing the economic and scientific base of the city. On the medal these elements appear in a stylized composition in addition to the inscription in Hebrew “80 to Rehovot 5650-5730”. In English the dates are 1890-1970.
On the reverse, the medal allegorically represents science as a galloping steed thrusting forward and upward. The rider on top is in control by holding the reins tightly. Symbols of various science disciplines form a continuous pattern and are interwoven to make up the form of horse and rider. The horse has two heads, as if to indicate the eye beholds him only fleetingly and that he is already in another position, hinting at the explosive development of modern science. On the rim, in Hebrew and English is an inscription noting the anniversary. The letters and design show a punctured tape, out of an electronic computer.
Background Info For Rehovot:
The city of Rehovot started out as an agricultural settlement in 1890. The first settlers named their place, Rehovot, after the verse in Genesis (26:22) “For now the Lord has made room for us”. At the beginning of the First World War Rehovot already had 1,000 inhabitants. Thereafter, the settlement developed rapidly and thrived achieving the status of a city in 1950.
Inspiration For Israel Minting This Weizmann Institute Israel Medal Bronze 1970 New Medal:
Dr. Chaim Weizmann founded The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot in 1945. It began as the Daniel Sieff Institute for science research. Dr. Weizmann set lofty international standards for the Institute. The Weizmann friends decided, while celebrating his 70th birthday, to broaden the scope of the Institute and to name it after him. The Weizmann Institute of Science very quickly became one of the foremost science research institutions in the world.
While working as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, Dr. Weizmann developed the process for producing acetone through bacterial fermentation, which was of great importance to the British during World War I. Further, he worked with Lord Arthur James Balfour to write the Balfour Declaration in support of the establishment of the State of Israel and met with U.S. President Harry Truman to convince him to support the State’s establishment. Noteworthy, Dr. Weizmann became the first President of the State of Israel. Importantly, his residence on the Weizmann Institute campus is now a museum and a national landmark.
Accomplishments of the Weizmann Institute:
- In 1954, scientists at the Weizmann Institute designed and built WEIZAC, the first computer in Israel, and one of the first in the world. It laid the foundations of Israel’s booming computer industry.
- The Institute’s Feinberg Graduate School was the first academic institution in Israel to teach computer science.
- The Weizmann Institute of Science was the first to introduce cancer research in Israel and the first to build particle accelerators.
- The Institute was the first to establish, in 1959, a technology transfer company, Yeda. To date, it has registered nearly 2,000 families of patents.
- Israel’s first ethical drug, Copaxone®, developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science, received FDA approval in 1997.
- The Institute established the first hi-tech park in Israel, Kiryat Weizmann, adjacent to the campus.
- One Nobel laureate and three Turing Award laureates have been associated with the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Disclaimers For This Medal Listing:
First, we enlarge photos to show details.
Next, medal may have superficial scratches and/or minor wear of finish and/or nicks from way the mint stacked these coins.
Also, medal may have minor toning, spotting and/or oxidation.
Further, pack it comes i has shelf wear due to age including crack in its plastic cover.
Further, pardon glare and reflections in photos.
Noteworthy, medal you receive may vary somewhat from that shown but will be in same general condition.
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