The opening speech of Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, winner of the Karic Brothers Award in 2007
MARK OF VISIONARIES
Your Holiness, Esteemed representatives of religious communities, Your Excellencies, big group of Karic Brothers Award laureates that I am part of, dear president of the Karic Foundation – Mrs Milanka, friends and brothers and sisters,
Each award for us who receive it is special and unique. We always refer to it with gratitude and a responsibility to continue with our work and our creative effort.
The moment in which we are receiving it, is ours alone in eternity, and it briefly halts time so that we enter history; but that moment is not ours alone, for each award is a dual story of both the recipient and the donor. Bestowing upon others and calling attention to special individuals is one of the greatest and rare human virtues, and as such very precious; it is a visionary feature carried only by the exceptional ones. There are two sources of splendour that Karic Brothers Award give out – the first would be its name, which is the name of the family that possesses the uncommon quality of a selfless and noble benefactor. In their attempt to preserve their award despite all the difficulties, this family, which I had the honour of meeting, considers itself lucky and grateful to God to be in the position to donate. The other source represents more than a hundred distinguished people that have left their mark in time, and who have had the great honour of receiving the Karic Brothers Award in the past fourteen years.
It is owing to both the donors and its laureates that the Karic Brothers Award has made us, the previous recipients, as well as the tonight’s one, unique and privileged people.
Esteemed Karic family,
Allow us to repay you the honour that you conferred upon us. Let our award to the Karic family be our enormous gratitude for their continuous work on the improvement of the award and for adding new remarkable names.
Let our admiration for the decent Serbian Karic family be our award to you for all the awards you have given in the past fourteen years and all the future ones that you will be giving for all eternity.
I thank the donors!