Yitzhak Apeloig

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Yitzhak Apeloig
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Native name יצחק אפלויג
Born (1944-09-01) September 1, 1944 (age 72)
Residence Israel
Nationality Israeli
Education Ph.D. The Hebrew University, 1974
Postdoctoral Princeton University, 1974-1976[1]
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Distinguished Professor at the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry
Years active 1976-present[2]
Employer Technion
Organization Schulich Faculty of Chemistry
Known for President of the Technion 2001-2009
Distinguished Professor at the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry
Title President of the Technion
Term 9
Predecessor Amos Lapidot
Successor Peretz Lavie
Awards Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry, 2010
Website www.admin.technion.ac.il/ApeloigYitzhak/

Yitzhak Apeloig (born September 1, 1944 in Uzbekistan[2]) is a pioneer in the computational chemistry field of the Ab initio quantum chemistry methods for predicting and preparing the physical and chemical properties of materials.[3] He was the president of the Technion from 2001 until 2009 where the position was handed off to Peretz Lavie. Distinguished Prof. Apeloig currently holds the Joseph Israel Freund Chair in Chemistry and is the co-director of the Lise Meitner Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the Technion. He served as dean of the Faculty of Chemistry from 1995 to 1999, where he was named Teacher of the Year at three occasions.

During his Technion presidency, Prof. Apeloig actively recruited of more than 150 elite scholars and scientists worldwide to the Technion.[4] He also established a number of interdisciplinary research centers such as the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute. He also established the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering.

In 2010 was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[4] The same year he also became a recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry.[5]


Yitzhak was born in Uzbekistan[2] after his family fled from the Nazis after the invasion of Poland in September 1939. In 1947 the family immigrated to Israel. He served in the Nahal Brigade and the paratroopers between 1962 and 1964. He received his BA in physics and chemistry in 1967. In 1969 he completed his Masters in Chemistry, and in 1974 his doctorate in chemistry.

Yitzhak joined the faculty of the Technion in 1976 and in 1983 he was appointed professor. He became the dean of the Faculty of Chemistry in 1995 until 1998 when he became the president of the Technion.




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