The aims of the Foundation, as stated by the Law, are :
1. To award prizes to outstanding scientists and artists--irrespective of nationality, race, color, religion, sex or political views--for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples;
2. To award scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, and grants to scientists engaged in research at Israeli institutions of higher education.
The Prize Committee has unanimously decided that the 2011 Wolf Prize in Physics be jointly awarded to:
CEOS GmbH and
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Harald Rose
Carl Zeiss Senior Professor
Research Centre Jülich
For their development of aberration-corrected electron microscopy, allowing the observation of individual atoms with picometer precision, thus revolutionizing materials science.