Academic Director

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Yitzhak Hen

Chair of Board of Directors
Professor at the Department of History
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor Yitzhak Hen is a historian of the early medieval West.

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His particular interest is in the intellectual and religious culture of the post-Roman Barbarian kingdoms of Western Europe. Part of his research is dedicated to the examination of early medieval manuscripts, and to the study of early medieval liturgy in its cultural, social and religious context.


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Past Academic Directors

Eliezer  Rabinovici

Eliezer Rabinovici

DIRECTOR 2005-2012
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor Eliezer Rabinovici s a professor at the Racah Institute of Physics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His area of research is theoretical high-energy physics, in particular quantum field theory and string theory. 

He serves as the head of the National Higher Energy Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Vice-President of the CERN Council which operates the world's leading laboratory for the study of elementary particles, The European Particle Laboratory.He sits on the Scientific Council of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Professor Rabinovici was visiting professor as several leading American and European institutes and universities, and was a member of the High Energy Physics Board of the European Physical Society.

 

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Benjamin Z. Kedar

Benjamin Z. Kedar

DIRECTOR 2001-2005
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor Kedar is professor emeritus of History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was president of the international Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (1995–2002), chairman of the board of the Israel Antiquities Authority (2000–12) and vice-president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2010–15).

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Alexander Levitzki

Alexander Levitzki

DIRECTOR 1998-2001
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor Levitzki is a professor at the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His work has led to ,

Levitzki’s research has led to understanding of cancer, development of potent anti-cancer drugs and successful therapy in treating leukemia patients. In 1990, he was awarded the Israel Prize in life sciences, and in 2005, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Medicine for "pioneering signal transduction therapy and for developing tyrosine kinase inhibitors as effective agents against cancer and a range of other diseases". 

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David Shulman

DIRECTOR 1992-1998
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor Shulman is a Professor in the Departments of Asian Studies and Comparative Religion at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interest are Indian poetics, live Sanskrit theater, the Renaissance in South India in the 16th-17th centuries, Islam in South India and the Carnatic classic music. Bilingual in Hebrew and English, he has mastered Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, and reads Greek, Russian, French, German, Persian, Arabic and Malayalam.

Prof. Shulman has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on various subjects ranging from temple myths and temple poems to essays that cover the wide spectrum of the cultural history of South India. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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Hanoch Gutfreund

Hanoch Gutfreund

DIRECTOR 1989-1990
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor Gutfreund is the director of the Einstein Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the University's appointee responsible for Albert Einstein's intellectual property. He heads the executive committee of the Israel Science Foundation and is the chairperson of the "Basha'ar – Academic Community for Israeli Society" association.

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Menahem Yaari

Menahem Yaari

DIRECTOR 1986-1989, 1990-1992
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor Menahem Yaari is a theoretical economist and professor emeritus at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities since 1991, and has served as its president (2004-2010).

His research has concentrated mainly in the areas of the economics of uncertainty, consumer theory, and economic justice. He is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Foreign Honorary Member of American Economic Association. He served as President of The Open University of Israel (1992 to 1997), and is a founding member of The International Scientific Council of IPSO (Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization). Yaari has served as visiting professor at numerous prestigious institutions. He has been awarded various prizes including the Israel Prize (1987) and the EMET prize for social sciences (2012).

 

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Aryeh Dvoretzky (deceased)

Aryeh Dvoretzky (deceased)

DIRECTOR 1975-1985
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professor Aryeh Dvoretzky was the founder and first Academic Director of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies. He passed away in 2008.

At The Hebrew University, Dvoretzky was Dean of the Faculty of Science and a Vice-President. He is best known for his work in functional analysis, statistics and probability. He received the Israel Prize for Exact Sciences in 1973. Later he was elected President of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and President of the Israel Academy of Sciences, of which he was one of the founding members.

Dvoretzky was very active and influential in public life, serving as Chief Scientist for the Ministry of Defense, chairing many committees, and rendering official and unofficial advice. He was a member of the editorial board of the Israel Journal of Mathematics since its foundation in 1963, and of its predecessor, the Bulletin of the Research Council of Israel.

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