Weizmann Institute of Science


Weizmann Institute of Science

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The Weizmann Institute of Science ( _he. מכון ויצמן למדע), known as "Machon Weizmann" is a university and research institute in Rehovot, Israel. It differs from other Israeli universities in that it offers only graduate and post-graduate studies in the sciences.

History

Founded in 1934 by Chaim Weizmann as the Daniel Sieff Research Institute, it was renamed the Weizmann Institute of Science in his honor on November 2, 1949. Before he became President of the State of Israel, Weizmann pursued his research in organic chemistry at its laboratories. The Weizmann Institute presently has about 2,500 students, staff, and faculty, and awards M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biological chemistry and biology, as well as several interdisciplinary programs. [http://www.weizmann.ac.il/acadaff/Scientific_Activities/current/weizmann.html The Weizmann Institute of Science ] ]

Youth programs

In addition to its academic programs, the Weizmann Institute runs programs for young people, including science clubs, camps and competitions. The Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute accepts high school graduates from all over the world for a four-week science-based summer camp. The Clore Garden of Science, which opened in 1999, is the world’s first completely interactive outdoor science museum. [ [http://www.israel.org/MFA/Israel%20beyond%20the%20conflict/The%20Clore%20Garden%20of%20Science%20-%20A%20Worlds%20First The Clore Garden of Science - A Worlds First ] ]

Awards

In 1996 and 2002 respectively, two Weizmann Institute researchers - Amir Pnueli and Adi Shamir - won the Turing Award [ [http://awards.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=5846946&srt=year&year=1996&aw=140&ao=AMTURING "ACM Award Citation / Amir Pnueli" at acm.org] ] [ [http://awards.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=0028491&srt=year&year=2002&aw=140&ao=AMTURING "ACM Award Citation / Adi Shamir" at acm.org] ] . Ada Yonath won the Wolf Prize for Chemistry in 2006.

Distinguished faculty

*Haim Harari, theoretical physicist
*Chaim Weizmann, chemist, first President of the State of Israel
*Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist, fourth President of the State of Israel
*Mordehai Milgrom, physicist
*Amir Pnueli, Computer science
*Adi Shamir, cryptographer
*Ada Yonath, crystallographer

Presidents

*Chaim Weizmann (1949-1952; 1934-1952 if predecessor Daniel Sieff Institute included)
*Meyer Weisgal (1952-1959, as "Head of the Executive Council")
*Abba Eban (1959-1966)
*Meyer Weisgal (1966-1969, as President)
*Albert Sabin (1969-1972)
*Israel Dostrovsky (1972-1975)
*Michael Sela (1975-1985)
*Aryeh Dvoretzky (1985-1988)
*Haim Harari (1988-2001)
*Ilan Chet (2002-2006)
*Daniel Zajfman (2006-present)

[http://www.weizmann.ac.il/homepage/pages/pastofficers.shtml Past officers of the Weizmann Institute]

ee also

* List of universities in Israel
* Science and technology in Israel

References

External links

* [http://www.weizmann.ac.il/ Weizmann Institute of Science Website] en icon
* [http://www.weizmann.ac.il/acadaff/Scientific_Activities/current/weizmann.html The Institute's scientific activities] en icon


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