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2 U.S. Scientists Share Wolf Prize

January 8, 2001

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Two American scientists will share the $100,000 Wolf Prize for agriculture for 2001 for their work with the genetic engineering of plants and mammal cloning, the Israeli-based Wolf Foundation announced Monday.

The prize will go to Roger N. Beachy, from the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Mo., and James E. Womack of Texas A&M University. The men were cited for ``use of recombinant DNA technology to revolutionize plant and animal sciences.″

Beachy established key principles for genetic engineering of plants, making them resistant to viral diseases, the Wolf jury said. Womack’s genetic work with cows means ``a whole new generation of scientists will use techniques provided by Womack to clone the genes affecting economically important traits in mammals,″ the jury said.

The prize for mathematics will be shared by Vladimir I. Arnold of France and Saharon Shelah of Israel. Arnold, a professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine, was cited for his ``deep and influential work in a multitude of areas ... including dynamical systems, differential equations and singularity theory.″

Shelah was acknowledged for contributions to mathematical logic and set theory.

Five Wolf prizes are awarded annually to scientists and artists. Winners are chosen from such fields as agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and physics. Each recipient receives $100,000.

The foundation was established by the late Dr. Ricardo Wolf, a German-born inventor, diplomat and philanthropist who settled in Cuba and later served as that country’s ambassador to Israel.

The prize will be presented May 13 by President Moshe Katsaz.

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