Selman Waksman, Nobel Laureate, to Head New Technion Research Center

The establishment of an important new research center in Israel under the leadership of Dr. Selman A. Waksman, Nobel Prize winner in medicine, was announced here today at the fifth annual Conference on Science and Technology in Israel and the Middle East.

Addressing more than 600 guests from all parts of the United States at the closing session of the two day Conference at the Statler-Hilton Hotel, Dr. Waksman revealed that the new research facility would be established on the campus of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, through the cooperation of the American Technion Society.

The society provides financial and technical assistance to the Technion. In furtherance of its program to foster better relations between the United States and Israel through science and technology, the society also sponsors the annual sessions of the Conference. For the last two days, sessions at the Conference have been devoted to a series of papers on research, transportation and chemical industry-problems common to all nations in the Middle East.

Dr. Waksman, who returned recently from a visit to Israel, said that the new research center would carry out intensive studies of comparatively new fields of general, industrial and marine microbiology. It is hoped, he added, that this new area of scientific research may open the road to the growth of new industries, both in Israel and in the surrounding countries.

Paul Screvane, president of the City Council of New York, told a luncheon session of the conference today that private industry with a stake in the Middle East, should “take the initiative in finding means to seek a settlement of differences that have too long existed among peoples who have more in common than they have in contrast.” Other speakers included the Nobel Prize winning physicist Dr. I. Rabi; Alexander Goldberg of Haifa; David Rose, chairman of the board of the American Technion Society; and Anthony Peranto, a member of the Technion faculty.

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