Aharon Katzir

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Aharon Katzir
אַהֲרֹן קָצִיר
Aharon Katchalsky

(1914-09-15)September 15, 1914
DiedMay 30, 1972(1972-05-30) (aged 57)
Cause of deathGunshot wounds
OccupationPioneer in the study of the electrochemistry of biopolymers
RelativesEphraim Katzir (brother)

Aharon Katzir (Hebrew: אַהֲרֹן קָצִיר; born Aharon Katchalsky; September 15, 1914 – May 30, 1972)[1] was an Israeli scientist who was known as a 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 Archived 2008-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky Center | Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky Center". www.weizmann.ac.il. Retrieved 2024-01-22.