2018 Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Arthur Ashkin to Visit Congregation B’nai Israel

April 14, 2019
Congregation B'nai Israel Rumson

Nobel Laureate Arthur Ashkin will be celebrated for his accomplishment at Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson, on Sunday, April 14, CBI Rabbi Dov Goldberg announced. This event honoring Dr. Ashkin, a long-time member of the congregation, will begin with a dessert reception at 1:00 PM followed at 2:00 PM by Dr. Ashkin delivering his Nobel Lecture, which he was unable to do personally in Stockholm at the time the prize was awarded. The lecture is intended for a lay audience.

Dr. Ashkin was co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.” His research at Bell Laboratories resulted in “optical tweezers and their application to biological systems.”

The delay by the Nobel committee in recognizing Dr. Ashkin’s achievement has resulted in the 96-year-old scientist becoming the oldest Nobel winner ever.

The Congregation takes pride in Dr. Ashkin’s nomination not only because of his humanitarian research but also because he is the latest Jewish Nobel Prize winner. Judaism, the tiniest major religion, represents considerably less than one per cent of world population. Jews, however, represent twenty-two per cent of all Nobel Prize winners.

The community is invited to this celebratory event. There is no charge, but guests are requested to RSVP to Congregation B’nai Israel by April 7th to emilie.kovit-meyer@cbirumson.org.

Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 171 Ridge Road, Rumson.