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In Memoriam

vitorio Vittorio Volterra

Born 1930 in Ancona, Italy. Died 1998 in Beer-Sheva. Received his Ph.D. in 1965 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Spent his Post-doc period in Toronto, Canada and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Between 1969-1972 was Assistant Professor at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Since 1972 at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he started as a senior lecturer and became Professor of Physics. Between 1977 and 1980 he was Chairman of the Department of Physics.


Aron Lonke

Born 9/9/1931 in Kaunas Lithuania and died in 1989 while attending a conference in Brazil. In 1958 he came to Israel. Got his M.Sc. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Got his Ph.D. from the Technion, Haifa in 1967. In 1969 he became a member of the Department of Physics of the University of the Negev (later renamed Ben-Gurion University of the Negev). He was the first theoretical physicist to engage in full time teaching and research at the University.


Chaim Charach

Born 18/01/1949 in Vilnus, Lithuania. Died 22/03/1999 in Beer-Sheva. Completed his undergraduate studies in Vilnus, and came to Israel in 1979. Continued his studies at Ben-Gurion University and obtained his M.Sc. in 1977 and his Ph.D. in 1980. He held a Post-doc position for two years between 1980 and 1983 at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and then for a year at Ben-Gurion University. In 1983 he was appointed a lecturer at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research. In 1995 he became Associate Professor in a joint appointment of the Department of Physics and the Blaustein Institutes.


Moshe Carmeli

Born 1933 in Baghdad, Iraq. Died 2007 in Beer-Sheva. Received his D.Sc. in 1964 from the Technion, Haifa, under the supervision of Nathan Rosen. Spent his Post-doc period, between 1964-1967 at Temple University and at the University of Maryland. In 1967 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. From 1967- 1972 he was a researcher and then Senior Researcher at the Aerospace Research Laboratory in Ohio. In 1972 he joined the Department of Physics t at Ben-Gurion University. He became Professor in 1974. He was thus the first full Professor in the then new Department of Physics. Between 1973 and 1977 he was Chairman of the Department of Physics. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society. Between 1982 and 1985 he was President of the Israel Physical Society


Gidon Erez

Born 3/01/1929 in Ein Harod, Israel. Died 2007 in Beer-Sheva. Received his D.Sc. in 1960 from the Technion, Haifa, under the supervision of Nathan Rosen. Spent the year 1960-1961 at Oxford University, England and then spent the year 1961-1962 at the Centre d'etudes Nucléaires at Fontenay-aux-Rose, France. In 1962 he joined the Nuclear Research Center in the Negev. After 1965 he also taught courses in physics in Beer-Sheva. This was a seed from which eventually Ben- Gurion University developed. He was involved in the planning of the physics curriculum for the future Department of Physic, from the beginning. In 1969-1970 he was responsible for the physics curriculum of the pre-University in Beer-Sheva. In 1983 he was appointed as a full Professor at Ben-Gurion University. He is the recipient of The Ernst David Bergmann Prize.


Jacob Bekenstein

Born 1947 in Mexico City, and died 2015 in Helsinki. His 1972 PhD work from Princeton University under the guidance of John Wheeler has contained his breakthrough discovery of the Black hole entropy. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Then on 1974 he has became a faculty member in our department, and a full professor by 1978. Click here for an extended description of his acticvity. He has relocated to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1990.


David Gill

Born 25th of April, 1929, in Kromeriz, Moravia (Czech Republic), and died 2017 in Tel Aviv.  He got his M.Sc. from the Hebrew University in 1955, and his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute, under the guidance of S.Meiboom, in 1958. His paper with S.Meiboom in Review of Scientific instruments, was cited almost five thousand times. He did his postdoc under Bloembergen (Nobel laureate) and then spent a number of years in different institutes in the U.S.A. and in Israel. He joined the physics faculty at Ben Gurion University in 1974. Professor Gill was one of the pioneers in using lasers in Biology.
Updated on April 13, 2021
Updated by Bar Lev, Yevgeny (ybarlev)
Created on April 13, 2021
Created by Bar Lev, Yevgeny (ybarlev)