Aharon Katchalsky-Katzir (1913-1972)

Aharon Katchalsky-Katzir was born in 1913 in 1913. His family emigrated to Jerusalem in 1922, where he studied in the Hebrew Gymnasium. In 1932 Katzir-Katchalsky began his studies at Hebrew University and published a book "Sons of the Sun", about butterflies in Israel. After serving in the Haganah, he completed his Ph. D. in Chemistry Summa Cum Laude.
In 1948 he was invited by Chaim Weizmann to join the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot as head of the Department of Polymer Research. His areas of interest included the use of polyelectrolytes as models for macromolecular substances in the living organism, membranes, and network thermodynamics. His lectures and writings were very popular; he was one of the founders of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Professor Aharon Katzir was killed on May 30, 1972, in a terrorist attack at Ben-Gurion Airport.