Prof. Israel Dostrovsky, Renowned Israeli Scientist and an Institute Founder, Passes Away at 92

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Rehovot, Israel—September 28, 2010—Prof. Israel Dostrovsky was born in Odessa, the former USSR, in 1918 and arrived in Eretz-Israel in 1919. After attending primary and secondary school in Jerusalem, he went to study in England and received a B.Sc. in chemistry in 1940 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1943, both from University College, London. After working as a lecturer in chemistry at University College, he joined the Weizmann Institute in 1948, shortly before the Institute's dedication. Immediately upon joining the staff of Weizmann, he was appointed Head of the Isotope Research Department, a position he held for 17 years. Between 1971 and 1975 he served as the Institute's Vice President and President, and in 1975 he was named Institute Professor, a prestigious title awarded by Weizmann faculty and administration to outstanding scientists who made significant and meaningful contributions to science or to the State of Israel. Between 1980 and 1990, he served as Director of the Center for Energy Research at the Institute. When he turned 80, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities held a special scientific conference in Jerusalem and at Weizmann to honor the occasion.