Scientists Arrive in Palestine to Attend Laying of Cornerstone for Weizmann Institute
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Scientists Arrive in Palestine to Attend Laying of Cornerstone for Weizmann Institute

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Many prominent scientists are arriving in Palestine to attend the laying of the cornerstone for the new Biophysical and Chemistry Research Center, which will be the nucleus of the projected $4,080,000 Weizmann Institute of Science. It will take place on June 3 at Rehovoth on the grounds of the Sieff Institute of Chemistry.

Preceding the cornerstone laying will be a series of lectures and symposia entitled “Trends in Modern Science” in which American and British scientists will participate. The erection of the new buildings will begin in August and is expected to be completed by Spring of 1947. The dedication will take place next Passover.

Some of the equipment which will be housed at the new center has already been purchased in the United States and is being assembled at the Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute by a number of scientists who have shown great interest in the project. The new institute will maintain close cooperation with the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as with the Jewish Agency’s Agricultural Research Institute.

The ceremonies next month will probably be attended by High Commissioner Sir Alan G. Cunningham and other Palestine notables. A delegation of American and British scientists is expected to arrive this week. They include Prof. L. Fieser of Harvard University; Prof. David Rittenberg and Prof. Chaim L. Pekeris of Columbia University; Prof. Herman Mark, Prof. Kurt Stern and Dr. Peter Hohenstein of Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute; and Dr. Y. Questel of Cardiff University. It is expected that a number of the scientists coming to Palestine for this event will become associated with the new institute.

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