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The King Saud University Rector Abdullah Al-Othman has signed a service contract with Professor Gunter Blobel a lecturer at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, of Rockefeller University, New York and winner of King Faisal International Prize in 1996 and Nobel Prize in medicine in 1999.
Following the meeting with Professor Blobel, the Rector of King Saud University, said that the King Faisal International Prize has become a gateway for winning the Nobel Prize, citing a number of scientists who won King Faisal International Prize and then the Nobel prize and who signed contracts with the University, including Carl Iman, Theodor W. Hänsch and finally Professor Blobel. Most of the scientists who were employed by the University won King Faisal International Prize then they won the Nobel Prize.
Professor Dr. Al-Othman said that the signing of this service contract is an extension of the program "Noble Prize Winners" through which the University is seeking to highlight the role of Saudi Arabia in encouraging science and scientists.
Stressing that the program would shorten the time in bringing about the required development in order to build a knowledge society and achieve the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.
On his part, Professor Blobel expressed his delight on the research collaboration with the University and building a scientific partnership with research groups in the United States, pointing out that the goal he is trying to achieve is find a biological technique to control harmful insects, praising at the same time the achievements of Arabs and Muslims in building the human civilization.
The Professor stressed the need for a link between the Arab scientists who immigrated to Europe and America and their countries in order to contribute effectively to the development of their Arab communities.