Haim Harari Professor Weizmann Institute of Science
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Haim Harari is a fifth-generation Israeli. He received his entire education in Israel and made major contributions to three different fields: Particle Physics Research, Science Education in Israel and Science Management and Policy Making. He has been active in numerous international Science and Technology reviews and evaluations and has been involved in a variety of business related activities. Haim Harari served as President of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel from 1988 to 2001. He is now an Institute Professor, Chairman of the Weizmann Global Endowment Management Trust in New York and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria.
During his presidency, the Weizmann Institute entered numerous new scientific fields, built 47 new buildings, raised one billion dollars in philanthropic money, hired more than half of its current professors and became one of the highest royalty-earning academic organizations in the world. A world authority on theoretical particle physics, Haim Harari joined the Institute staff in 1966, becoming full professor in 1970. He made numerous contributions to particle physics, and was the first to synthesize in 1975 the current full "standard model" of six quarks and six leptons.
In the field of education, Haim Harari served as a Dean of the Graduate School (1972–1978), and established "Perach", a national tutoring program for underprivileged children in Israel, currently involving 25,000 undergraduates, helping a similar number of children. He served as Chairman of the Planning and Grants Committee of Israel’s Council for Higher Education (1979–1985). From 1991 to 1992, he chaired the National Panel on Science Education, which produced a report that has become the blueprint for science education policy in Israel’s schools. He has been the founder and first Chair of the Board (1998-2015) of the Davidson Institute of Science Education and (1988-2006) the unique HEMDA science education center in Tel-Aviv.
His honors include membership in the Israel Academy of Sciences (1978) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010), the Rothschild Prize in Physics (1976), the Israel Prize (1989), the "EMET" prize in Education (2004), four honorary doctorates, the "Commander Cross of the Order of Merit" presented by the President of Germany, the Harnack Medal of the Max Planck Society, the "Cross of Honor, Science and Art", First Class, presented by Austria, and the "Golden Cross of Honor" for service to the land of Lower Austria. In 2005, he published his book "A View from the Eye of the Storm – Terror and Reason in the Middle East" (HarperCollins, N.Y.)