The ICS prizes will be awarded at the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting
of the Society on February 5th 2001. The winners are:
Prof. Moshe Shapiro from the Weizmann Institute.
Prof. Sasson Shaik from the Hebrew University.
is awarded the
Israel Chemical Society Prize for the
for his seminal work in the area of chemical reactivity and bonding.
Sason Shaik is a Professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry, in
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was a student of N. D. Epiotis
in the University of Washington, Seattle WA, and a postdoctoral fellow with
Nobel Prize Laureate Roald Hoffmann, in Cornell University, Ithaca NY.
Shaik has been a leading proponent, worldwide, of valence-bond theory and of
curve-crossing models, to explain chemical bonding and reactivity. This
approach is quite different from the conventional Woodward-Hoffmann approach,
based on molecular-orbital theory, although in the limit both models are
equivalent. It permits insights into bonding and reactivity that may be
obscured by the molecular-orbital model.
He has shaken the world of organic chemistry with his valence-bond view of
electron delocalization in aromatic compounds and made us all think about
aromatic delocalization in a completely new light.
Recently, he has made innovative contributions
to bonding description
of metal oxo species, and on the biological oxidation of
Sason Shaik is currently viewed as one of the most influential practitioner
in the area of qualitative prediction in chemical changes since Roald
Hoffmann. His international reputation can be gauged from the ISI
list of the 1000 "most
cited chemists during 1981-1997", ranking him in the highest quadrant of
list (in average citations per paper).