Institute Professor Haim Harari

Founding Chairman, Davidson Institute of Science Education

Prof. Haim Harari was born in Jerusalem in 1940. He has mainly contributed to three areas: Particle Physics Research, Science Education and Science Management and Policy Making.
Prof. Harari served as President of the Weizmann Institute from 1988 to 2001. During his presidency, the Institute entered numerous new scientific fields, built several dozen new buildings, raised more than one billion dollars in philanthropic funds, hired more than half of its current tenured professors and became one of the highest royalty-earning academic organizations in the world.
Prof. Harari became an Associate Professor at the Institute at the age of 26, the youngest ever, promoted to Professor (Annenberg Chair of High Energy Physics), three years later. Since 1999 he is an "Institute Professor". He made several major contributions to Particle Physics and, in 1975, was the first to synthesize the full "standard model" of six quarks and six leptons in its present form.
He served (1979-1985) as Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel's Council for Higher Education, the body which distributes all Government funding for Higher Education and Basic Research.
In the field of education, Harari served as a Dean of the Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute (1972-1978), and was a co-Founder of "Perach", a national tutoring program for underprivileged children in Israel, currently involving 25,000 university students. "Perach" has been awarded the 2008 Israel Prize. In 1991-2 he chaired the National Panel on Science Education, producing a report, which became the blueprint for science education in Israel's schools. He initiated and led the establishment of unique educational Institutions, including the Davidson Institute of Science Education and the Hemda Science Center in Tel Aviv.
He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and won the Rothschild Prize and the Israel Prize in Physics, the "EMET" Prize in Education, several honorary doctorates and other prizes, medals of honor from Germany and Austria and the Harnack Medal of the Max Planck Society.
He is currently the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Weizmann Global Endowment Management Trust in New York and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Science and Technology-Austria. He served as member of International Advisory Boards of SwissRe and DaimlerChrysler. His book "A View from the Eye of the Storm - Terror and Reason in the Middle East" was published in 2005 by HarperCollins, New York.