Haim Harari

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Haim Harari

Haim Harari (Hebrew: חיים הררי) (born 18 November 1940) is an Israeli theoretical physicist who has made contributions in particle physics, science education, and other fields.


Haim Harari was born in Jerusalem. His family has lived in the area which is now Israel for five generations. His parents were Knesset member Yizhar Harari and Dina Neumann. Harari received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Academic career[edit]

In 1967, after completing his Ph.D, he became the youngest professor ever at the Weizmann Institute. He is the Chair of the Board of the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute and Chair of the Management Committee of the Weizmann Global Endowment Management Trust in New York. He was the President, from 1988 to 2001, of the Weizmann Institute of Science. During his presidency, the Weizmann Institute, entirely dedicated to basic research, became one of the leading royalty earning academic research organizations in the world.

Haim Harari has made major contributions to three different fields: particle physics research on the international scene, science education in the Israeli school system and science administration and policy making.

Harari coined the name of the top and bottom quarks,[1][2] predicted in 1973 by Kobayashi and Maskawa,[3] and made the first complete statement of the standard six quarks and six leptons model of particle physics (at the Stanford 1975 Lepton-Photon Conference).[1] He also proposed the Rishon Model,[4][5] a model for a substructure of quarks and leptons, currently believed to be the most fundamental particles in nature. There is no experimental evidence yet for such substructure.

He is the founder of Perach, a national tutoring and mentoring project[6] in which Israeli undergraduates receive a tuition fellowship in return for devoting four hours per week to a child from an underprivileged socioeconomic background. He also initiated and established a science teaching center in which high school students perform all their physics studies in advanced laboratories and with highly qualified teachers, instead of pursuing the same in their own schools. Harari has been chairman of both projects, since their founding.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2004 Harari gave a speech entitled "A View from the Eye of the Storm" offering insights into the problems of the Middle East. He eventually turned it into a book of the same name.

Published works[edit]

  • A View from the Eye of the Storm: Terror and Reason in the Middle East, HarperCollins, 2005.


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