Aharon Katzir

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Aharon Katzir
אהרן קציר
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Aharon Katchalsky

September 15, 1914
Łódź, Poland
DiedMay 30, 1972(1972-05-30) (aged 57)
OccupationPioneer in the study of the electrochemistry of biopolymers

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


Born 1914 in Łódź, Poland, he moved to Mandatory 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 of 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.

Awards and commemoration[edit]


  • Katchalsky, Aharon; Curran, Peter F. (1965). Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics in Biophysics. Harvard University Press.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Weizmann Institute of Science Archives". Archived from the original on 2013-02-18.
  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 March 7, 2012.
  4. ^ BeKur HaMahapecha Lectures
  5. ^ Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky Center