Soviet Jewish Scientist Presented with Nobel Prize in Hospital Bed

Professor Lev Davidovich Landau, the world-famous Russian Jewish scientist, was given his 1962 Nobel Prize for Physics in his hospital bed in Moscow. He has been hospitalized with severe injuries suffered last January in a near-fatal auto accident.

The scientist was presented by Swedish Ambassador Rolf Sohlman with a gold medal, a diploma and a check worth $50,043. He was the only winner of the 1962 prize in physics, which is generally awarded to two or more recipients. The envoy said that the presentation was the first during peacetime outside of Stockholm. The scientist, who has recovered his mental but not all of his bodily faculties, told the envoy he regretted his injuries compelled him to accept the award sitting down.