The Israel Prize in Physics and Chemistry for 2018 was won by Bar-Ilan University Prof. Shlomo Havlin.
The Prize Committee wrote that of all Israeli scientists, Havlin is most cited around the world. Publisher of 11 books and over 800 articles in leading scientific journals over the past 48 years, his work has triggered several new fields of research and has been cited over 73,000 times.
Havlin is a pioneer in fields of statistical physics and works in areas like social networks, technological networks, economic networks, physiological systems and DNA function.
In a 1992 article, he and collaborators described patterns in DNA sequences which led to the understanding of the human cell’s non-coding DNA segments previously considered useless and non-functional.