Nobel laureate Sancar donates his award to Anıtkabir
AA photoAziz Sancar, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year, has donated his medal and certificate to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, following celebrations at the site to mark Ataturk Memorial, Youth and Sports Day on May 19.
In Stockholm while accepting his award last December, Sancar expressed his gratitude to the republic for “sponsoring most of his education.”
“This award was earned thanks to Atatürk,” he said at the time.
Sancar had announced on May 17 that he would also donate a replica of his Nobel medal and certificate to Istanbul University, from which he graduated back in 1969.
Three medals and three certificates are given to Nobel laureates. Professor Sancar gave one of these to the Turkish General Staff and will donate the second to Istanbul University. The other will be kept at the University of North Carolina where he works, while the original has been presented at Anıtkabir.