February 09, 2013
The Jewish Book Council recently announced the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards in New York City. Dr. Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology, was named the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the contemporary Jewish community, to the world of literature and of science. The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest running and most prestigious North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Awards are presented annually in over 18 categories to recognize outstanding books, stimulate writers to further literary creativity, and encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.
Dr. Kandel’s book, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006), outlinines the medical discoveries that led to his being awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in physiology and is equally rooted in his life experience, most fundamentally his family’s escaping Austria with their lives, after the Nazis had deprived them of all their possessions. His most recent book, The Age of Insight: A Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present (Random House, 2012) bridges science, art and his Jewish identity.
Dr. Kandel will be the keynote speaker at the Awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street at 8:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.