Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a short while ago today called Technion Professor Dan Shechtman, who has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on quasicrystals: "I would like to congratulate you, on behalf of the citizens of Israel, for your award, which expresses the intellect of our people.  Every Israeli is happy today and every Jew in the world is proud.  I also congratulated your institution, the Technion, on the centenary of its founding," the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu invited Prof. Shechtman to meet with him before the award ceremony.