The Lokey Park at Technion

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Where Nature’s Beauty and Scientific Excellence Meet

 

The Lokey Park, a wonderful, quiet place of contemplation and beauty overlooking the Technion Campus as well as Haifa Bay and beyond, was created in honor of Lorry I. Lokey, in celebration of his generous gift which provided for the establishment of the Lorry I. Lokey Center for Life Sciences and Engineering at the Technion. Mr. Lokey’s vision, as far-reaching as the view from the Park, commanding a panoramic vista of Israel northwards from Haifa Bay, is very appropriately represented in the splendid Park setting. The Lokey Park was dedicated during the annual Technion Board of Governors meeting, on June 11th, 2007.

The Carmel Mountain region in Northern Israel, referred to as “HaCarmel” in the Bible, “the garden” or “the garden-land”, is renowned for its profusion of aromatic plants and wild flowers. Have you ever taken an individual wild flower and studied the miracle of nature? Within each flower is a celebration of life, of revolving patterns of creation, a festival of science and life. Within each flower is the highest art that blends with nature to bring wisdom and understanding of creation, advancing the science of life, medicine and healing. Lokey Park offers an opportunity for a special visit, a tour, a moment to rest or to contemplate the indigenous Mount Carmel flora of millennia, celebrating life in a million different manifestations.

Lorry I. Lokey, founder of Business Wire, whose generosity enabled the establishment of the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering at the Technion, is a steadfast supporter of the Technion. “Education is the strength of Israel,” he says, “without it we would be defeated.” Mr. Lokey expressed the hope of continuing to develop resources at Technion for many years, and in his witty style added “I look forward to doing some more parking.”


 

2 The Nobel Path   The Lokey Park has become the site for a grand celebration of scientific excellence: Nobel Prize Laureates are invited to plant trees in its midst. Back in 1923, Albert Einstein started a Technion-Nobel tradition when he planted the now-famous palm tree at the Technion's original campus in Hadar, Haifa. The tree still stands in front of the old Technion building. Since 2007, all visiting Nobel laureates have been invited to plant a tree in Technion's Lokey Park. Most recently, a tree was planted by 1994 Nobel Peace Laureate Israeli President Shimon Peres, on Jan. 8th, 2014 during his visit to the Technion. At a panel of Technion Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, featuring Professors Avram Hershko, Aaron Ciechanover and Dan Shechtman, President Peres declared: “I am proud of the Technion. Science is our existential need. Our future lies in innovation… Israel should build relationships with large companies around the world... We are a land which is small in area, and we have no choice but to have great vision.”