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Famous Scientists from Israel

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List of notable or famous scientists from Israel, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in Israel and even some popular scientists who immigrated to Israel. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Israeli scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from Israel is included when available.

List features people like Daniel Kahneman and Liviu Librescu.

This historic scientists from Israel list can help answer the questions "Who are some Israeli scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous scientists from Israel?" These prominent scientists of Israel may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Israeli scientists.

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    Age: 82

    BirthplaceMandatory Palestine

    Ada E. Yonath (Hebrew: עדה יונת‎, pronounced [ˈada joˈnat]) (born 22 June 1939) is an Israeli crystallographer best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. She is the current...  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceJerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

    Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz or Adin Even Yisrael is a teacher, philosopher, social critic, and spiritual mentor, who has been hailed by Time magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar". He has devoted his...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    Aharon Barak (Hebrew: אהרן ברק, born Erik Brick, 16 September 1936) is a Professor of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and a lecturer in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the...  more
  • 4
    Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Aharon Dolgopolsky (Hebrew: אהרון דולגופולסקי‎, Russian: Арон Борисович Долгопольский; 18 November 1930 – 20 July 2012) was a Russian-Israeli linguist and one of the modern founders of comparative...  more
  • 5
    Dec. at 59 (1937-1996)

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    Amos Nathan Tversky (Hebrew: עמוס טברסקי‎; March 16, 1937 – June 2, 1996) was a cognitive and mathematical psychologist, a student of cognitive science, a collaborator of Daniel Kahneman, and a...  more
  • 6

    BirthplacePetah Tikva, Israel

    Amotz Zahavi (Hebrew: אמוץ זהבי‎) (August 14, 1928 – May 12, 2017) was an Israeli evolutionary biologist, a Professor in the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, and one of the founders of...  more
  • 7
    Andrei Zary Broder (Hebrew: אנדרי זרי ברודר‎) is a distinguished scientist at Google. Previously, he was a research fellow and vice president of computational advertising for Yahoo!, and before that,...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceWarsaw, Second Polish Republic

    Anita Shapira (Hebrew: אניטה שפירא‎, born 1940) is an Israeli historian. She is the founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, professor emerita of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University, and former head of...  more
  • 9
    Dec. at 70 (1934-2005)

    BirthplaceBeaulieu-sur-Dordogne, France

    Asher Peres (Hebrew: אשר פרס‎; January 30, 1934 – January 1, 2005) was an Israeli physicist, considered a pioneer in quantum information theory, as well as the connections between quantum mechanics...  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 77 (1874-1952)

    BirthplaceEastern Europe, Rus', Europe, Motal, Belarus

    Chaim Azriel Weizmann (Hebrew: חיים עזריאל ויצמן Hayyim Azri'el Vaytsman, Russian: Хаим Вейцман Khaim Veytsman; 27 November 1874 – 9 November 1952) was a Zionist leader and Israeli statesman who...  more
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    Dahlia Greidinger (1926-1979) was an Israeli scientist who helped develop the country's chemical industry....  more
  • 12
    Age: 52


    Dan Boneh (; Hebrew: דן בונה‎) is a professor in applied cryptography and computer security at Stanford University....  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    Dan Shechtman (Hebrew: דן שכטמן; born January 24, 1941) is the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an Associate of the US Department of...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceTel Aviv, Israel

    Daniel Kahneman (; Hebrew: דניאל כהנמן‎; born March 5, 1934) is an Israeli-American psychologist and economist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as...  more
  • 15
    David Herbert Samuel, 3rd Viscount Samuel OBE (Hebrew: דוד הרברט סמואל‎; 8 July 1922 – 7 October 2014) was an Anglo-Israeli chemist and neurobiologist. Samuel was the son of Edwin Samuel, 2nd...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    Doron Zeilberger (דורון ציילברגר, born 2 July 1950 in Haifa, Israel) is an Israeli mathematician, known for his work in combinatorics....  more
  • 17
    Age: 75

    BirthplaceGan Shmuel, Israel

    Ehud "Udi" Adiv (Hebrew: אהוד "אודי" אדיב) (born June 21, 1946) is an Israeli political scientist and lecturer at the Open University of Israel. In his youth, he was a left-wing anti-Zionist...  more
  • 18
    Dec. at 63 (1889-1953)

    BirthplaceBiałystok, Poland

    Eleazar Lipa Sukenik (12 August 1889, in Białystok – 28 February 1953, in Jerusalem) was an Israeli archaeologist and professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is best known for helping...  more
  • 19
    Eliezer David Jaffe (Hebrew: אליעזר דוד יפה‎) (10 November 1933 – 25 May 2017) was an Israeli professor of social work specializing in philanthropy and non-profit management. He was Professor...  more
  • 20
    Dec. at 93 (1916-2009)

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian SSR

    Ephraim Katzir (Hebrew: אפרים קציר Efrayim Katsir; 16 May 1916 – 30 May 2009) was an Israeli biophysicist and Israeli Labor Party politician. He was the fourth President of Israel from 1973 until...  more
  • 21


    Eva Jablonka (Hebrew: חווה יבלונקה‎) (born 1952) is an Israeli theorist and geneticist, known especially for her interest in epigenetic inheritance. Born in 1952 in Poland, she emigrated to Israel in...  more
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    Gad Barzilai (Hebrew: גד ברזילי; born 1958) is a full professor of law, political science and international studies, famous for his work on the politics of law, comparative law and politics, human...  more
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    Hanina Ben-Menahem is an Oxford trained scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who specializes in Jewish law (Halakha). Ben-Menahem is critical of the legal positivist approach that dominates...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Joseph Bernstein (sometimes spelled I. N. Bernshtein; Hebrew: יוס(י)ף נאומוביץ ברנשטיין‎; Russian: Иосиф Наумович Бернштейн, Iosif Naumovič Bernštejn; born 18 April 1945) is a Soviet-born Israeli...  more