ICS PRESIDENTS

 

  • In 1933, a group of chemists in Palestine got organized to cope with their unemployment caused by the flood of immigrants from Europe.

  • The Union of Chemists in Eretz-Israel (Palestine) was established in a meeting at the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

  • Prof. Mordechai Bobtelsky of the Hebrew University was elected as the first Chairman of the Union.

  • After the establishment of the State of Israel, the name of the Union was changed to Union of Chemists in Israel.

  • In 1960 the name was changed to Israel Chemical Society.

Prof. Mordechai Bobtelsky 1933-1946

1890-1946

Born in 1890 in Lithuania.

Immigrated to Israel in 1925.

Received his Ph.D.

in 1923 from the University of Bern, Switzerland.

In 1925 he joined the Chemistry Department of the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem.

Later he became a Professor and Head of the Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry Department.

His areas of research were inorganic complexes, heterometry and analytical methods.

Prof. Hugo Heiman 1946-1948

1896-1978

Born in 1896 in Germany, Immigrated to Israel in 1933.

Received his academic education in Chemical Technology at the University of Bonn.

Worked for a short period in E.G. Farben, Germany.

In 1935 he established the Department of Industrial Chemistry in the Technion, now the Faculty of Chemical Engineering.

Was the Dean of the Department during the fifties and sixties.

Dr. Yehuda Hirshberg 1948-1955

1902-1960

Born in Poland in 1902.

Immigrated to Israel in 1923.

Started his studies at the pre-faculty of sciences of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, graduated unofficially in 1928.

Received his Ph. D. degree from the University of Brussels in 1931.

In 1933 he joined the newly established Daniel Sieff Research Institute as the first and only physical chemist. Specialized in photochemistry.

In 1950 he discovered photochromism and the phenomenon of photochemical memory, which won him world-wide recognition.

He received the Weizmann Prize in 1953.

Prof. David Ginsburg 1955-1957

1920-1988

Born in 1920 in the USA. Immigrated to Israel in 1948.

Joined the Weizmann Institute in 1948, where he achieved the total synthesis of morphine.

In 1954 he moved to the Technion where he established the Faculty of Chemistry and was its Dean for a number of years.

He also served as the Acting President of the Technion in 1961.

He established the field of propelanes in organic chemistry and published about hundred papers in this area.

Dr. Herbert Bernstein 1957-1959

1914-2001

Born in 1914 in the USA.

Immigrated to Israel in 1947.

Received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

In 1947 joined the Weizmann Institute after a post-doctoral work at Princeton.

Served in the Israeli Army Science Unit during the War of Independence.

In 1950 he founded the detergents and chemicals company "Kadima" in Haifa.

Later he became the Director of R&D of the Fertilizers and Chemicals Company.

Was Head of the R&D Organization of the Technion.

Prof. Felix Bergmann 1959-1960

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Born in 1908 in Germany.

Immigrated to Israel in 1933.

Was one of the first chemists in the Daniel Sieff Research Institute in Rehovot.

Established the Department of Pharmacology in the Medical School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

His main research areas were synthetic and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Prof. Shalom Sarel 1960-1964

1918 -

Born in 1918 in Jerusalem.

Received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1945, after carrying out his research at the Sieff Institute in Rehovot under Prof. Felix Bergmann.

Professor of organic chemistry at the Hebrew University, established the Department of Medicinal Chemistry of the Medical School in the University.

His major research fields are organic, organometallic and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Prof. David Ginsburg 1964-1969

1920-1988

Born in 1920 in the USA. Immigrated to Israel in 1948.

Joined the Weizmann Institute in 1948, where he achieved the total synthesis of morphine.

In 1954 he moved to the Technion where he established the Faculty of Chemistry and was its Dean for a number of years.

He also served as the Acting President of the Technion in 1961.

He established the field of propelanes in organic chemistry and published about hundred papers in this area.

Prof. Michael Cais 1969-1972

1924-2013

Born in 1924 in Rumania. Immigrated to Israel in 1941.

Received his B.Sc. from the University of Leeds, England, in 1951 and his D.Sc.

From the Technion in 1955.

Joined the Chemistry Faculty of the Technion in 1958 and was Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry in 1972-1976.

His areas of research include homogenous catalysis in chemical and biological systems using organometallic complexes, medical diagnosis, and separation technology.

Prof. Saadya Amiel 1972-1974

1930-1978

Born in 1930 in Israel.

Received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1955, after carrying out his research at the Weizmann Institute.

Became the Head of the Nuclear Chemistry Department at the Soreq Nuclear Center in Yavne, and Professor of Nuclear and High Energy Chemistry at the Hebrew University.

His research was in the areas of radioactive isotopes and radiation chemistry.

Prof. David Lavie 1974-1977

1919-2003

Born in 1919 in Egypt.

Received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1945 after carrying out his research at the Daniel Sieff Research Institute, Rehovot.

Became a Professor of organic chemistry at the Weizmann Institute.

His main research was in the area of natural products as drugs for viral diseases and for cancer.

Prof. Michael Albeck 1977-1980

1934 -

Born in 1934 in Berlin.

Received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1962.

Worked for several years in the Fiber and Forest Products Institute and in the Mekorot Company.

Joined the Department of Chemistry of Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

Served as Dean of the Science Faculty during 1967-1969 and also in 1973-1975, Rector in 1982-1986, and President of the University in 1986-1989.

His areas of research include the chemistry of organo-tellurium compounds.

Dr. Ralph Haber 1980-1984

1927 -

Born in 1927 in Rumania.

Immigrated to Israel in 1940.

Received his Ph.D. in 1956 from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Served for a number of years as Lecturer in the Chemistry Faculty of the Technion.

Joined the pharmaceutical Company Abic, which was later acquired by Teva, as the Director of Research and Development.

He developed a new drug "Avimsten100" for treatment of infections in cattle, as well as other drugs.

Prof. Haim Levanon 1984-1987

1938-2014

Born in 1938 in Jerusalem.

Received his Ph.D. in 1969, from the Hebrew University.

Joined the Hebrew University in 1972, was Head of Physical Chemistry Department and Director of the Farkas Center for light-induced processes.

His main areas of research are EPR spectroscopy, photosynthesis, photochemical and photophysical processes in liquid crystals, and applied aspects of spin polarization.

Prof. Dan Meyerstein 1987-1991

1938 -

Born in 1938 in Jerusalem.Received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1965.

Served as Head of the Chemistry Department in the Nuclear Research Center – Negev, Dimona.

Professor of Chemistry at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and President of the Academic College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel.

His research areas are radiation chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, metal complexes in unusual oxidation states, redox reactions and kinetics of free radicals.

Prof. Alfred Hassner 1991-1994

1930 -

Born in 1930 in Romania.

Immigrated to Israel in 1983.

Survived the Holocaust. Studied in Vienna and then in the USA, received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in1956.

Following by postdoctoral studies at Harvard served as professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado and then at the State University of New-York in Binghamton.

Became professor of chemistry at Bar-Ilan University in 1984.

His research includes new methods in organic synthesis, organo-nitrogen compounds, cycloadditions, heterocycles.

Prof. Shimon Shatzmiller 1994-1997

1942 -

Born in 1942 in Haifa.

Received his D.Sc. from the Technion in 1978.

Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Chemistry in the Academic College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel.

His research includes synthesis of imaging materials for radiography, unnatural amino acids and their inclusion in peptides, intermediate for the drug industry, organo-lithium compounds.

Prof. Arnon Shani 1997-2003

1935 -

Born in 1935 in Nes-Ziona.

Received his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute in 1965.

Following a post-doctoral research in the University of Chicago joined the chemistry faculty of Ben-Gurion University in the Negev in 1968. Served as Head of Department, Deputy Rector of the University and Director of the Applied Research Institutes.

His areas of research include new derivatives of jojoba waxes, chemistry and entomology of pheromones.

Founder of PheroCap, focusing on pests control using pheromones.

Prof. Shammai Speiser 2003-2006

1941 -

Born in Haifa in 1941.

Received all his academic degrees from the Technion. After post-doctoral work in Holland, he joined the Faculty of Chemistry in the Technion in 1973.

In 1991-1994 served as Dean of the Chemistry Faculty, and later as Dean of the Division of Continuing Education.

His research areas include lasers in chemistry, photophysics of organic molecules and molecular optoelectronics and electronics.

Prof. Shlomo Margel 2006-2009

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Ph.D. Dept. of Materials Science, Weizmann Institute, 1976.

Postdoc, Cal Tech Dept of Inorganic Chemistry and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Joined the Weizmann Institute, Dept. of Materials Science in 1980, was a researcher in DuPont Central R&D in 1986-87, before joining Bar-Ilan University, Professor since 1994.

Research interests include synthesis, characterization of polymers and biopolymers, surface modification of nano/micro-scale particles of narrow size distribution.

Prof. Ehud Keinan 2009-

1947 -

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