Avram Hershko, 1937-

A native of Hungary who immigrated to Israel in 1950, Hershko led the biochemistry department at the Technion. He and colleague Aaron Ciechanover became the first Israelis to win a Nobel Prize in the natural sciences when they shared the 2004 chemistry prize with American Irwin Rose for discovering ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation and proving that the ubiquitin molecule is vital to cells.

Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, Israeli Government Press Office