|(Foreground, l-r) Lord Rothschild congratulates
Prof. Emeritus Abraham Lempel from the Faculty of Computer Science received the prestigious 2010 Rothschild Prize in Engineering.
Prof. Emeritus Abraham Lempel at the 2010
Rothschild Prize ceremony in Jerusalem;
(rear, l-r) Chair of the Rothschild Prizes Organization
Prof. Yehudith Birk and MC Daniel Peer
The Lempel-Ziv Data Compression Algorithm, which Prof. Lempel developed in conjunction with Distinguished Prof. Jacob Ziv in 1977, has become the international standard for data compression. It is the answer to the ever-increasing need for efficient storage and transmission of digital information. It became a basis for enabling data transmission via the Internet in an efficient way and contributed significantly in making the Internet a global communications medium. Lempel was also the first director of HP Labs Israel, serving in this role until 2007.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rothschild Prizes Organization, established by Yad Hanadiv to support, encourage and advance the sciences and humanities in Israel. According to Lord Rothschild, “Each of the winners embodies a tradition of learning passed down from one generation to the next, in a progression that should not be taken for granted. …while the award marks great past achievement, it also serves as a harbinger of future promise and an inspiration to excellence.”