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Prof. Aharon Katzir

(1913 - 1972)


Aharon Katchalsky-Katzir was born in 1913 in Lodz, Poland. His family emigrated to Jerusalem in 1922, where he studied in the Hebrew Gymnasium. In 1932 Katzir-Katchalsky began his studies at Hebrew University and published a book "Sons of the Sun", about butterflies in Israel. After serving in the Haganah, he completed his Ph. D. in Chemistry Summa Cum Laude.


In 1948 he was invited by Chaim Weizmann to join the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot as head of the Department of Polymer Research, and in 1952 became a professor of physical chemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His areas of interest included the use of polyelectrolytes as models for macromolecular substances in the living organism, membranes, and network thermodynamics. Aharon Katzir was a pioneer in the study of the electrochemistry of biopolymers. He received the Israel Prize in 1961 and was president of the Israel Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1962-1968. His lectures and writings were very popular.


Professor Aharon Katzir was killed on May 30, 1972, by a Japanese terrorist at Ben-Gurion Airport.


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