Touted as the American version of the Nobel Prize, the Massry Prize was awarded to three prominent scientists on Saturday in Beverly Hills. Founded by Beverly Hills residents Meira and Shaul Massry more than three decades ago, Vice Mayor Julian Gold welcomed some 100 attendees to the ceremony, which was held at City Hall, by detailing how important the prize is (15 previous Massry Prize recipients have gone on to become Nobel laureates) and underscoring the importance of having the awards presented in Beverly Hills. This year’s prize was given to three pioneers in the field of microbiomes: professors Norman R. Pace (University of Colarado), Rob Knight (UC San Diego) and Jeff I. Gordon (Washington University in St. Louis.) Pictured (from left): Vice Mayor Gold; Profs. Pace, Knight, and Gordon; and Shaul Massry.
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