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Wolf Prize
Awarded for Outstanding achievement in Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, and Arts.
Presented by Wolf Foundation
Country Israel
First awarded 1978
Official Website

The Wolf Prize is an international award, that has been presented annually since 1978 to living scientists and artists for "achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples ... irrespective of nationality, race, colour, religion, sex or political views."

The prize is awarded in Israel by the Wolf Foundation, founded by Dr. Ricardo Wolf, a German-born inventor and former Cuban ambassador to Israel. It is awarded in six fields: Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, and an Arts prize that rotates annually between architecture, music, painting and sculpture. Each prize consists of a diploma and US$100,000.

The Wolf Prizes in physics and chemistry are often considered the most prestigious awards in those fields after the Nobel Prize[1][2]; in medicine, the prize is probably the third most prestigious, after the Nobel Prize and the Lasker Award. Until the establishment of the Abel Prize, the Wolf Prize was probably the closest equivalent of a "Nobel Prize in Mathematics", since the more prestigious Fields Medal was only awarded every 4 years to mathematicians under 40. The Prize in Agriculture has likewise been equated to a "Nobel Prize in Agriculture"[3]. For example, one of the most prominent agriculturists, Yuan Longping, whose achievements in the hybrid rice have made the earth produce extra rice equivalent to the food requirement by tens of millions of population.

For past Wolf Prize laureates, see the separate lists for Agriculture, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics and Arts.

See also


  1. ^ Wolf prize goes to particle theorists
  2. ^ Basolo, F: "From Coello to Inorganic Chemistry: A Lifetime of Reactions", page 65, Springer, 2002
  3. ^ National Research Council: "National Research Initiative: A Vital Competitive Grants Program in Food, Fiber and Natural-resources Research", page 155, National Academies Press, 2000




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