Avraham Fahn

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Avraham Fahn
אברהם פאהן
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Born 1916
Vienna, Austria
Died February 2012
Citizenship Israeli
Awards Israel Prize (1963)

Avraham Fahn (Hebrew:אברהם פאהן 1916 - February 2012) was an Israeli professor of botany at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Fahn was born in 1916 in Vienna, Austria. He emigrated to Mandate Palestine and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, receiving a PhD in 1948.

In 1952, he joined the Hebrew University faculty, lecturing in botany. From 1952 to 1953, he was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge and in 1956 at Harvard University. He became an associate professor at the Hebrew University in 1960 and a full professor in 1965, serving dean of the faculty from 1964 to 1966 and pro-rector from 1969 to 1970.

Following the Six Days War in 1967, Fahn assisted in the restoration of the botanical gardens at the University's Mount Scopus campus. He also served for many years as head of the Forestry Department of the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research.

Fahn retired in 1985. His books in the anatomy of plant are the source of basic knowledge in many cited academic studies.


  • In 1963, Fahn was awarded the Israel Prize, in life sciences.[2]
  • From 1995 to 1999, he served as Vice-President of the International Association of Botanists.

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  1. ^ IPNI.  Fahn. 
  2. ^ "Israel Prize recipients in 1963 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010.