Wilhelm Scholê International
Cosmopolis Award

The Cosmopolis Award is given to individuals in recognition of their life-time dedication and efforts in uniting our Cosmopolis in harmonious co-existence through Science, the Arts, and the Humanities.



Dr. Victor F. Weisskopf

( 1908 - 2002 )

Victor F. Weisskopf - - called "Viki" by all who knew him - - was one of the most brilliant Jewish scientists to be driven from Germany by Nazi persecution. Weisskopf was noted for his theoretical work in quantum electrodynamics, the structure of the atomic nucleus and elementary particle physics. During World War II he was the leader of a theoretical physics group at Los Alamos, New Mexico, during the Manhattan Project. He later became director of the European Center for Nuclear Research at Geneva (CERN). Under his direction, CERN developed into one of the foremost institutions in this field. When Weisskopf returned to MIT from CERN in 1966 he was given the rank of Institute Professor. From 1967 to 1973 Weisskopf was head of the Department of Physics where he was a major force in the development of physics research - - both through the many students he taught and the research group he built up to become the present Center for Theoretical Physics. When Weisskopf retired from MIT in 1974, a large number of the world's leading scientists, including six Noble Laureates, gathered at MIT for a two-day symposium convened specifically in celebration of Weisskopf and his contributions to science and society.


In the years following his retirement he immersed himself in the issue of arms control by attempting to raise public awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons, weapons he helped to create. In 1975 he was appointed by Pope Paul VI to the 70 - member Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 1981 he led a team of four scientists sent by Pope John Paul II to talk to President Ronald Reagan about the need to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons. Weisskopf said "political questions take a lot of nervous energy" and that he always returned to physics for relaxation. "When life is very bad," he told an interviewer, "two things make life worth living - - Mozart and quantum mechanics."


Weisskopf's international honors included the Max Planck Medal of the German Physical Society in 1956, the Boris Pregal Medal of the New York Academy of Sciences in 1970, the Prix Mondial Cino de Duca (France) for humanism in science in 1972, the Order pour le Merite (German) in 1978, the Smolukowski Medal of the Polish Physical Society in 1979, the National Medal of Science (United States) in 1980, the Wolf Prize in Physics (Israel) in 1981, the J. Robert Oppenheimer Medal in 1983, the 1988 Enrico Fermi Award of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Ludwig Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Research Organization in 1990 and the 1991 Public Welfare Medal of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


Weisskopf's numerous awards were augmented with the conferral of numerous honorary degrees from institutions throughout the world, including University of Vienna, Brandeis, Harvard, Notre Dame, Oxford, Rockefeller University, Yale, and the Weizmann Institute.


"Viki was a giant of 20th - century physics, a great spokesman for peace, for the welfare of humanity and the beauty of physics" said Professor Robert L. Jaffe, Director of the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. "He was a friend to everyone who knew him."




Ambassador Mussie Hailu


Ambassador Mussie Hailu is an Ethiopian peace activist who is working at national, regional and international levels on the issues of peace, reconciliation, interfaith harmony, disarmament, promoting the Golden Rule, world citizenship, right human relationships and building bridges for international cooperation. He considers himself a Citizen of the World and strongly believes in the interdependence of human beings and celebrates our cultural diversities and sees our difference in color, race, ethnicities, religions, political outlook, and nationalities as important elements of the one and indivisible humanity.

He serves on many national, regional and international peace organizations. He is Regional Director of United Religions Initiative for Africa and Board Chairman of Interfaith Peace-building Initiative in Ethiopia. Currently Ambassador Mussie Hailu is working to get the teaching of the Golden Rule to be endorsed by the United Nations and its all member States as it is a pathway to promote the culture of peace, interfaith harmony, respect for each other, coexistence, cooperation, build trust, develop right human relationships and bring healing and reconciliation to our world. Marilyn Wilhelm has joined him in this endeavor. He does not believe that the task of creating world peace should be left to either the United Nations or government alone. He believes "Each and every one of us should also be a stakeholder for peace to prevail on Earth and we need to work together."

Talking about the Golden Rule Ambassador Hailu said, "...the Golden Rule possesses tremendous moral authority and reveals a profound unity underlying the diversity of human experience...the Golden Rule could be described as a universal ethical principle. Therefore, if we truly want to open a new chapter in human history and see a new world based on a culture of peace and social justice for all, I believe it is high time to promote the Golden Rule throughout the world....As our world becomes more and more a single interacting global community, the need for such a common standard is becoming more urgent. Therefore, it is high time for us as a citizen of the world to bring together more than ever our collective effort to remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the core principle of the Golden Rule and Compassion and our lives need to be based on this principle."


As Board Chairman of Interfaith Peace-building Initiative (IPI) in Ethiopia he gathered together all the religious leaders in Ethiopia to proclaim April 5, 2010, the Golden Rule Day.


Ambassador Mussie Hailu is one of the Saints of Humanity in his efforts to see "peace and harmony on earth if we all act according to the Golden Rule."



Dr. Carolyn Farb, HC

Carolyn Farb, "First Lady of Philanthropy in Texas," is an imperishable Star who lights the way for all of us with her unbounded generosity of spirit and her divine creativity. No one can resist Carolyn Farb's call for the Common good because she says what she means by the way she lives. When she takes on a cause, from medical research, children's charities, and women's issues to the arts, education, and the environment, she gives 200 percent of herself and she expects you, as a fellow volunteer, to give at least 100 percent of yourself. It is a supreme paradox that one only experiences true happiness when one forgets oneself and thinks of others. By volunteering to join with Carolyn in one of her causes one comes away from the experience exhausted, exhilarated, full of happiness and ready to join the exemplar of volunteerism in the next Farb project.


Carolyn Farb's creative fundraising style, spirit, and successes have set national and international standards. Over the past three decades this volunteer fundraising visionary has raised more than $50 million benefiting more than 125 charitable causes and nonprofit organizations. She is the author of The Fine Art of Fundraising and How to Raise Millions: Helping Others and Having a Ball! Farb personifies the perfect volunteer and the meaning of a true philanthropist by her selfless giving of herself for the greater good.


Dr. Farb's honors are many and include the President's Volunteer Service Award from USA Freedom Corps, the Illustrious Modern Award from the Wedgewood Society, the Diana Award, YWCA Woman of the Year, I Have a Dream Dreammaker Award, the National Foundation for Crohn and Colitis Winter Ball Woman of Distinction Award and the Volunteers of America's Regional and National Service Awards. In 1992, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center established the Carolyn Farb Permanent Endowed Lectureship in Neurofibromatosis. She was a Community Hero Torchbearer for the 1996 Centennial Olympics. In 1998, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Redgrave presented Carolyn with the Children's Champion Medallion of Valor from UNICEF. She was inducted into the Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2006, she was selected as the first Cadillac Texas Legend by Cadillac, The Houston Chronicle and KHOU-CBS Television.




Lucy Jarvis



In a remarkable broadcast career spanning nearly fifty years, Lucy Jarvis has made her name by achieving the impossible. Jarvis was the first Western television producer to film in the then closed China. She was the first to bring cameras into the Kremlin, the inner bastion of Communism. She was the first filmmaker permitted to film the Louvre. She was the first to be allowed to capture on camera the internal operations of Scotland Yard. When Jarvis left NBC in 1976 to produce a series of Barbara Walters specials, she became one of the first women in history to launch her own production company, Creative Projects, Inc. and she tried her hand at fictional films such as Family Reunion, a two-part television movie starring Bette Davis, while continuing to produce and host documentaries. Through it all, she credits her success to motherly advice: "She made me believe there was nothing I couldn't do, and I believed it and, therefore, did it."


Along the way, Jarvis produced a string of landmark investigative documentaries about crucial social and medical issues. Works in this vein include Who Shall Live?, Pain! Where Does It Hurt Most?, Dr. Barnard's Heart Transplant Operations, The Pursuit of Youth, A Shooting Gallery Called America, What Price Health?, Cry Help (about mental illness among teenagers), and Trip to Nowhere (about the drug epidemic).


The Trailblazer Lucy Jarvis is renown for her breakthrough cultural documentaries: China and the Forbidden City, The Kremlin, Scotland Yard, The Incas Remembered, and The Louvre. These films won fourteen national and international awards including seven Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Christopher Awards, and The Radio and Television Critics Award. General Sarnoff, Chairman of NBC, the parent company of RCA, credited her programs in color cinematography on the Kremlin and the Louvre with helping to sell four million color television sets.


Still going strong as she approaches her ninetieth year, Jarvis remain an inspiration to other women in television. Sheila Nevins, President of documentary and family programming for HBO states it well: "Lucy lasts and lasts and lasts. She's sexy, defies age, and gives bounce to every ounce. A trailblazer for women, she makes it easy for the rest of us."



O.H. "Bud" Frazier, M.D.


Dr. O. Howard "Bud" Frazier is a distinguished hear surgeon, scientist, and academician who has applied is vast experience to the research and development of new cardiovascular surgical techniques, including the development of artificial heart and circulatory assist devices. His primary clinical interests are cardiopulmonary transplantation and heart assist devices, including total artificial hearts. Dr. Frazier has personally performed over 900 heart transplants and implanted nearly 300 left ventricular assist devices.


Dr. Frazier's newest creation, the HeartMate II, is a heart pump that employs a radically different mechanism of pushing blood from the heart and into the body's organs. Unlike "pulsatile" devices that mimic a beating heart, a patient with a continuous-flow pump has no pulse. That is because a tiny propeller-like screw inside the pump spins up to 415 times per second and provides a continuous flow of blood. Considered more reliable than older pumps, the HeartMate II passed its most critical test in a study conducted at 26 U.S. medical centers. The test validates such a pump as a potential long-term fix for failing hearts. The HeartMate II received regulatory approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this year.


Dr. Frazier serves in a number of concurrent positions of leadership, including Chief, Cardiopulmonary Transplantation and Director, Surgical Research, Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratories at the Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Texas. He is also Chief, Transplant Service and on the Active Staff, Cardiovascular Surgery Service at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. Dr. Frazier is also Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery and on the Active Staff, Surgery Service at Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas. Additionally, he holds medical staff appointments at a number of teaching hospitals in the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Frazier's academic appointments include Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Clinical Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.



Dr. John Silber



John Silber, a renowned classicist, educator, philosopher, and world authority on Immanuel Kant, is a person of great moral strength and integrity.  His moral values rest on biblical and classical buttresses.


To be in the presence of John Silber is to be in an atmosphere of candor and purity, of fearless passionate intelligence and sensibility.  He is a rare and beautiful spirit. 


Outspoken and articulate, John Silber can be a difficult man, “downright impossible” according to some.  But all will agree that he is a man you can trust because you know where he stands. 


To quote John Silber:


"With the tragic eclipse of the belief that every educated person should have read certain books – the Bible, Homer’s Iliad, and Plato’s dialogues to mention only three --- we have lost the inspiring sense of greatness that is the groundwork of morals.


The Old Testament is not only sacred to the three major religions, but a superb distillation of human experience, good and ill. It not only has heroes, but a wide and coherent range of heroes and villains alike. It is a continuous saga of heroism in a world created by a single supreme being.


And the heroes of Homer’s Iliad display the basic modalities of human existence: the importance of learning from life --- about ripening, the meaning of excellence, the nature of friendship, the necessity of loyalty and courage, the tragic solitude of our condition, and the inevitability of death.


None of this is now a part of the common experience --- the common curriculum --- of high-school graduates.  This means that typical freshmen entering college lack the texts of their potential humanity, even their spiritual survival.


The ignorance of moral principles is not merely a symptom but a major cause of our national decline.” 


John Silber’s sustained efforts in renewing the Western Tradition in education began at the University of Texas with the reintegration of the Classics and Philosophy into one glorious department of leading Classicists and Philosophers. ARION, the acclaimed classics periodical, was created by John Silber. When Silber became President of Boston University he continued the renewal of the Classics and Philosophy as one department, along with the publication of ARION under the editorship of William Arrowsmith. Silber’s heroic contribution to the renewal of the Western Tradition in education is the hallmark of the Wilhelm Curriculum: “The true test of the school is the character that emerges from it.”



Grant Taylor, M.D.
( 1903 - 1995 )


Dr. Grant Taylor, internationally esteemed physician, is a recipient of the Cosmopolis Award for his significant contribution to human understanding through Medicine.

Dr. Taylor served as the Director of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Japan after World War II with extraordinary empathy and sensitivity which won the confidence and respect of the Japanese people. Dr. Taylor undertook the difficult and challenging assignment of an intensive study of the victims of one of the great horrors in the history of humankind in order to provide the scientific substantiation of the effects of radiation. Such proof has served to prevent the atomic bomb from being used again.

His experiences during this project made Dr. Taylor realize that the torn fabric of humankind had to be made whole again, and that human relationships were the best means. It was at this time that he suggested to his Japanese colleagues that there be an exchange between Japanese and American medical professionals and students.

The Japanese doctors wholeheartedly agreed to the soundness of his idea. Upon Dr. Taylor's return to the United States, his American colleagues also embraced the concept. To date, over 300 doctors have participated in this exchange at the University of Texas MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. Today, many of Japan's leading doctors are products of this program.

The word health comes from the root holos, meaning whole, holy, heal. To heal literally means to make whole, this is, to unify the body with the soul, to return to a state of holiness. Dr. Taylor is a physician in the classic sense in that his healing power has nourished that sense of unity and concord we must find within ourselves to attain total health, both as an individual and as a society.


Dr. Amy Freeman Lee
( 1914 - 2004 )

Dr. Amy Freeman Lee, educator, humanitarian, poet, painter, civic leader, raconteur, is a recipient of the Cosmopolis Award for her significant contribution to human understanding through the Humane Movement.

The abiding principle that animates the life of Dr. Amy Freeman is responsibility. For Dr. Lee, the greatest responsibility is to nourish and cherish the Divine Creation. This concept is reflected in all of her commitments whether she is working in civic affairs, art, education, or the humane movement.

Dr. Lee is Chairman of the Board of Incarnate Word College in San Antonio and a national trustee of the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Lee was inducted into the Texas Woman's Hall of Fame in 1984 and received the Joseph Wood Krutch Medal from the Humane Society of the United States in 1985. Reality is Becoming, a CBS documentary on Dr. Lee's life was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1986.

Dr. Amy Freeman Lee's enormous energy is fired by a sustained devotion to multiple aspects of life, by a belief in the interrelationship of all elements of life, and by a profound belief that to live is to serve. Her capacity to perceive great needs and meet them regardless of how difficult and complex the process of fulfilling these needs underscores the honor she received from the Humane Society of the United States.


Robert Tobin
( 1934 - 2000 )

Robert Tobin, scholar, collector, philanthropist, is a recipient of the Cosmopolis Award for his significant contributions to human understanding through the Arts.

Mr. Tobin is a collector in the definitive sense. He collects, not to possess items, but to share them in a concerted and significant manner. He helps people see the world through his gift, his Eye.

Mr. Tobin's vision of integrity is made evident in commanding ways through innumerable significant exhibitions comprised of works of art from his own substantive collections.

Not only has he planned and organized these exhibits, he has also written the catalogues and forewords, presented lectures of his own, and created seminars with international authorities.

These exhibitions are superb examples of the prodigious range of his interests and center on various aesthetic themes, artists, and periods.

His devotion to and support of opera and ballet are well known. An example of his vision and aesthetic taste were made manifest by the generous contribution of Mr. Tobin to the Metropolitan Opera, making possible the presentation of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on the Metropolitan stage. These performances marked the 50th anniversary of the death of George Gershwin and elevated Gershwin's work to the rank of classic opera.

Mr. Tobin has been an important benefactor to the Glyndeborne Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto, the American National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the San Antonio Grand Opera Festival.

Robert Tobin's generosity bespeaks the Eye of his Heart.



Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar, legendary virtuoso sitarist and composer, is a recipient of the Cosmopolis Award for his significant contribution to human understanding through Music.

Ravi Shankar is India's most widely recognized and esteemed musical ambassador and has been a major cultural influence in the West for the past thirty years. Through his inspired performances of classical Indian music, Ravi Shankar has paved the way for the resurgence of interest in the rich cultural heritage of India.

A globally acclaimed musician, Ravi Shankar has experienced a unique success in interpreting the highly emotional and complex gamut of Indian compositions to Western audiences. As a roving ambassador of this native music, Ravi Shankar has toured Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, Canada, and the Middle and Far East.

Mr. Shankar has composed extensively for film and the ballet in India, Europe, Canada, and the United States. His music for Richard Attenborough's "Ghandi" received worldwide critical acclaim. Ravi Shankar's duet compositions include works for violin and sitar which he has performed with Yehudi Menuhin.

Musician, composer, and conductor, Ravi Shankar is a member of the United Nations rostrum of composers and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Through music, Ravi Shankar is one of the great bridges between the cultures. With the strings of his sitar he has lassoed the world with love.


Lord Yehudi Menuhin
( 1916 - 1999 )

Sir Yehudi Menuhin, conductor, violinist, and teacher, is a recipient of the Cosmopolis Award for his significant contribution to human understanding through Music.

Sir Yehudi Menuhin, who made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 11, holds the Kennedy Center Honors (the highest distinction bestowed on American performing artists), is an honorary British citizen, and an honorary Swiss citizen. He is entitled to use the title of knighthood and is an honorary doctor of 15 universities worldwide. Sir Yehudi Menuhin was the youngest recipient of the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his countless charity performances during and following World War II.

A dedicated educator, Yehudi Menuhin is the founder of the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England, and of a second school for older students in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Yehudi Menuhin is among the few of the world's greatest musicians who have established and maintained an international reputation of absolute, unqualified integrity.

Throughout his life, Sir Yehudi Menuhin has been an ardent champion of global peace and communication through music. He has played a leading role in the cultivation of Western classical music in India and displayed his own fascination with Indian music through his collaborations with Ravi Shankar. He was the first Western musician to be made an honorary professor of the Beijing Conservatory of China.

Yehudi Menuhin continues to enrich the world with tireless dedication to myriads of philanthropic activities in his duel role as musician and world citizen. His genius through performing and his lifetime dedication to sharing, especially with children, symbolize his life.


The First Cosmopolis Award Ceremony
was held on February 5, 1987,
Honoring Françoise Gilot and Jonas Salk
Click here to view the First Cosmopolis Award Program


Françoise Gilot


Françoise Gilot, internationally renowned French painter and best-selling author, attended the Sorbonne and the British Institute in Paris and had a baccalaureate degree in Philosophy. She received her English Literature degree from Cambridge University.  Françoise Gilot is the mother of Pablo Picasso’s children, Claude Picasso and Paloma Picasso.  Gilot’s life with Picasso revolved around art.  Gilot wrote Life with Picasso, a book that sold over one million copies in dozens of languages.


In 1969, Gilot was introduced to Jonas Salk, American vaccine pioneer and discoverer of the Salk Polio Vaccine.  Their shared appreciation of architecture led to a brief courtship and they were married in 1970 in Paris.  They remained married until Salk's death in 1995.


In 1973 Gilot was appointed as the Art Director of the scholarly journal "Virginia Woolf Quarterly." In 1976 she was made a member of the board of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She held summer courses there and took on organizational responsibilities until 1983. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s she designed costumes, stage sets, and masks for productions at the Guggenheim in New York.  She was awarded a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in 1990.


Gilot lives in New York City and Paris, working on behalf of the Salk Institute, and continues to exhibit her work internationally.



Jonas Salk
( 1914 - 1995 )


Jonas Salk,  renowned American research physician-biologist, developer of the Salk Polio Vaccine, viewed biology not only as a science but as a basic cultural discipline with unifying potential for the relationships that exist between humankind and the physical universe, as well as between humankind and the sciences, arts, and humanities.


When Salk was in the process of searching for the anti-polio vaccine, he approached his problem in a poetic/scientific classic manner, one of total identity: he became the immune system, and then he became the virus.  “When I had the experience of seeing from many points of view, I could see and feel so much more,” said Salk.  “I then discovered what the words identification and empathy meant.”  In this manner of total identification, the problem and its solution were clarified, making Jonas Salk’s great contribution to humanity possible.  Because the Traditional classic approach to any problem is thinking and feeling simultaneously, Dr. Jonas Salk and his method had special significance for Wilhelm Scholê International.


In 1948 Salk undertook a project funded by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.  Salk saw an opportunity to extend this project towards developing a vaccine against polio, and, together with the skilled research team he assembled, devoted himself to this work for the next seven years. The field trial set up to test the Salk vaccine was the most elaborate program of its kind in history, involving 20,000 physicians and public health officers, 64,000 school personnel, and 220,000 volunteers.  Over 1,800,000 school children took part in the trial.  When news of the vaccine's success was made public on April 12, 1955, Salk was hailed as a "miracle worker."  His sole focus had been to develop a safe and effective vaccine as rapidly as possible, with no interest in personal profit. When he was asked in a televised interview who owned the patent to the vaccine, Salk replied: "There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?"


In 1960, he founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, which is today a center for medical and scientific research. He continued to conduct research and publish books, including Man Unfolding (1972), The Survival of the Wisest (1973), World Population and Human Values: A New Reality (1981), and Anatomy of Reality: Merging of Intuition and Reason (1983). Salk's last years were spent searching for a vaccine against HIV.




Distinguished Wilhelm Scholê International Alumni




Allison Frazier Balser Regiona Jacks Lindsey
Catherine Harren Barufaldi Benjamin Morrison
Craig Corcoran Greg Morrison
John Dora Sepand Moshiri
Jefferson Todd Frazier Jennifer Dora Skopal
Clifford Gordan Elizabeth Thurber Kimes
Cole Hartman Todd Thurber
Marygrace Huber Culver Van Der Jagt
Anna Maria Sahakian Jones Grant Van Der Jagt
Anyika Allen Jordan Levon Vartanian
April LaWell Vikram Vijayvergiya
Eric Lindsay