Adolph William (Al) Schwimmer, winner of the Israel Prize, died on Friday at Tel Hashomer hospital on his 94th birthday.
Schwimmer, an American citizen born in New York, was convicted in 1950 of violating the US Neutrality Act for secretly bringing aircraft to Israel during the 1948 War.RELATED:Israel at 63 – a celebration for every dayIAI unveils latest unmanned aerial vehicles
He was pardoned in 2001 by then US President Bill Clinton.
After the establishment of Israel, Schwimmer joined the Israel Air Force and founded Israel Aircraft Industries which he ran for nearly 30 years. He was awarded the Israel Prize in 2006.
Schwimmer's funeral will be held on Monday.