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Chemistry professor wins prestigious prize from Israeli technological institute

Maddie Burakoff, Campus Editor

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Chemistry Prof. Tobin Marks is one of two recipients of the 2017 Harvey Prize for his research in materials chemical science, according to a Monday news release.

The prize is awarded by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa to “men and women who have truly contributed to the progress of humanity,” according to its website. Technion cites Marks’ chemical science research — which it says has “both fundamental and practical significance” — as the basis for his selection.

In his 45 years of research, Marks has created new plastics, catalysts and efficient solar cells, the release said. Marks also received the Priestley Medal — the highest honor from the American Chemical Society — in April 2017, according to Northwestern Now.

Marks, along with Stanford University professor Carla Shatz, will receive $75,000 from Technion, according to the release. The awards will be given out June 10.

Technion established the Harvey Prize in 1972 as a way to build goodwill between Israel and other nations, the release said.

“I am delighted to join the distinguished cohort of Harvey Prize winners and to receive this distinction which honors achievements in all fields of science and technology,” Marks said in the release.

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