Aharon Katzir

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Aharon Katzir
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Native name אהרן קציר
Born Aharon Katchalsky
September 15, 1914
Łódź, Poland
Died May 30, 1972(1972-05-30) (aged 57)
Ben Gurion International Airport in Central District, Israel
Citizenship Israeli
Occupation Pioneer in the study of the electrochemistry of biopolymers
Known for Killed in the 1972 Lod Airport Massacre

Aharon Katzir (Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky) (September 15, 1914 – May 30, 1972)[1] was an Israeli pioneer in the study of the electrochemistry of biopolymers. He was killed in the Lod Airport massacre in 1972.


Born 1914 in Łódź, Poland, he moved to Palestine in 1925, where he taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. There, he adopted his Hebrew surname Katzir. He was a faculty member at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovot, Israel as well as at the department fo medical physics and biophysics at UC Berkeley, California.

He was murdered in a terrorist attack at Ben Gurion International Airport in 1972 in which 26 people were killed and 80 injured.[2] His younger brother, Ephraim Katzir, became the President of Israel in 1973.

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  1. ^ "Weizmann Institute of Science Archives". Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ Lod Airport Massacre
  3. ^ "Israel Prize recipients in 1961 (in Hebrew)". cms.education.gov.il (Israel Prize official website). Archived from the original on April 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ BeKur HaMahapecha Lectures
  5. ^ Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky Center