Six eminent scientists were inducted into the Israel Academy of Sciences in a
ceremony at its Jerusalem headquarters on Tuesday. The ceremony was presided
over by its president, Prof. Ruth Arnon; two of the six members were
According to a 1961 law, academy members are to promote and
advance Israeli science and as a body serve as advisers on science to the
The new members are: Prof. Ruth Berman, an emeritus professor
in the field of linguistics and the grammar and lexicon of modern
Prof. Daniel Weihs, a leading researcher in the field of
aerodynamics and air flow, space science and practical mathematics. He found
solutions to the threat of extinction of the dolphins, the roaming of birds and
fish and movement of water spurts and sprays.
Prof. Yaron Silberberg, an
expert in complex systems at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. He
has conducted major research into the interaction of light and material in
ultra-fast optics, quantum optics and non-linear optics.
Shlomit Ramon-Kenan, an internationally renowned expert in English literature at
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. David Schmeidler, an economist
at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and an emeritus professor at Tel Aviv
University. He has won numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from
Torino University in Italy.
Prof. Emeritus Amnon Aharoni, one of the
leading experts in statistical physics and has contributed to the understanding
of critical behavior of materials, the behavior of fractals and the use of
quantum calculations for use in nanotechnology.