NEW YORK (Jul. 17)
A Weizman Institute professor was awarded the prestigious annual prize of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) at a ceremony in the Kremlin earlier this month, it was reported here by the American Committee for the Weizman Institute of Science.
Prof. Benjamin Geiger, of the Department of Chemical Immunology in the Institute in Rehovot, was one of the 100 scientists from Israel, about one-quarter of them from the Weizman Institute, among the 5,000 delegates who came to Moscow from all over the world for this year’s FEBS conference.
At the one-hour closing ceremony of the conference, held in the Kremlin’s Congress Hall, Geiger received the award signed by Prof. Yuri Ovchinnikov, deputy chairman of the Soviet Academy of Science who served as president of the conference.
Geiger was honored by the FEBS for his contribution to the understanding of the mechanism of cell movement and the means by which the activity of the cell membrane is controlled. Last year, he was awarded the Weizman Institute’s Morris Levinson Biology Prize for his work on the structure and function of the cytoskeleton. Levinson is deputy chairman of the International Board of Directors of the Weizman Institute and the immediate past president of its American Committee.
Upon his return to Israel from the FEBS conference, Geiger went into the Israeli army to do his annual reserve duty.