Aviezri Fraenkel in 2004
June 7, 1929 (age 89)|
|Awards||2005 Euler Medal, 2006 "WEIZAC Medal", 2007 shared Israel Prize|
|Institutions||Weizmann Institute of Science|
|Doctoral advisor||Ernst G. Straus|
Fraenkel is married to Shaula and father of six. One of his grandchildren, Yaacov Naftali Fraenkel, was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas members in June 2014.
In 2018, in respect for his life's work, Fraenkel was given the highly-regarded honor to light one of twelve torches—one for each of Twelve Tribes—at the State of Israel's televised opening ceremony on Har Herzl, Jerusalem, in celebration of Israel's 70th Independence Day (which in 2018, falls on Wednesday evening April 18 - Thursday evening April 19).
Fraenkel received his Ph.D. in 1961 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a recipient of the 2005 Euler Medal. together with Ralph Faudree. On December 5, 2006, he received the "WEIZAC Medal" from the IEEE, as a member of the team that built the WEIZAC, one of the first computers in the world and the first computer built in Israel.