By Eliana Rudee, Originally published in the New York Observer
For a country the size of New Jersey that seems to always be on the verge of war, it is unlikely that Israel would be one of the world’s science superpowers. But somehow, the State of Israel defeats all odds.
The amount Israel spends on science research and development compared to its GDP is the second highest in the world. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said in 2012, “Israel has the most important high-tech center in the world after the US.” And Israelis have come up with some of the most ubiquitous technologies. If I forget you, O USB, may my right hand forget its skill. (Psalm 137… kind of.)
On December 13, Texas A&M announced the opening of a $6 million marine research center in partnership with the University of Haifa. Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp proclaimed, “They don’t call it ‘Start-up Nation’ for nothing!”
Among the world’s greatest technology and science universities is Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, the oldest university in the country, and of course the partner with Cornell in developing Center of Innovation on Roosevelt Island. Of Technion’s 565 faculty members, three are Nobel Laureates in chemistry.