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A founder and former president of Rehovot’s Weizmann Institute of Science and
one of Israel’s leading scientists, Prof. Israel Dostrovsky, died on
Tuesday at the age of 92.
He was born in Odessa in the former Soviet
Union in 1918 and arrived here with his family as a baby. After attending
primary and secondary school in Jerusalem, he went to study in England and
received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and doctorate in physical chemistry,
both from University College, London.
After working as a lecturer in
chemistry at University College, he joined the Weizmann Institute in
shortly before its dedication. Immediately upon joining the staff of
he was appointed director of the isotope research department, a position
for 17 years.
Between 1971 and 1975, Dostrovsky served as the the
Weizmann Institute’s vice president and then president, and in 1975 he
“institute professor,” a prestigious title awarded by Weizmann faculty
administration to outstanding scientists who made significant and
contributions to science or to the country.
Between 1980 and 1990, he
headed the institute’s Center for Energy Research. When he turned 80,
Academy of Sciences and Humanities held a special scientific conference
Jerusalem and at Weizmann to honor the occasion.
As a state appointee,
Dostrovsky served as research director at the Israel Atomic Energy
chairman of the National Council for Research and Development;
of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission; and chairman of the desalination
Between 1973 and 1981, he also served as a member of the
scientific advisory committee of the United Nations International Atomic
Agency in Vienna. He was a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and
Humanities and an honorary life member of the New York Academy of
received the Israel Prize in 1995 and the Ramsey Medal and Prize; Tel
Weizmann Prize and honorary doctorates from Tel Aviv University and the
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.