Prof. Joseph Klafter Addresses California's Israeli Leadership Council Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Israel advocacy and community activism organization honors TAU's president
Prof. Joseph Klafter and Steve Erdman
ILC Executive Director Shoham Nicolet
Pacific Palisades, CA — The Israeli Leadership Council honored Tel Aviv University President Prof. Yossi Klafter at an elegant breakfast at the Riviera Country Club on July 27, 2010.
More than 30 members of the ILC's Board of Directors gathered to hear Prof. Klafter, who is widely recognized in the field of chemical physics, discuss "New Frontiers in Biophysics: Looking at Single Molecules."
Some thirty ILC Board members were in attendance, including longtime AFTAU supporter Steve Erdman, who presented Prof. Klafter with an ILC award recognizing him for "dedication to academic excellence and advancing higher education for a better future for the State of Israel." Prof. Klafter was introduced by the Israeli Leadership Council's Executive Director, Shoham Nicolet, who also introduced Maj. General (Res) Uzi Dayan, husband of TAU zoology professor Tamar Dayan.
The breakfast exemplified the The Israeli Leadership Council's mission "to fortify and enhance a productive and continuous relationship between Israeli-Americans and the State of Israel through community empowerment, activism, and philanthropy."
Recognizing a distinguished scientist
Prof. Joseph Klafter
Named President of Tel Aviv University in October 2009, Prof. Klafter has won many prestigious prizes in his field, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Prize, the Weizmann Prize for Sciences, the Rothschild Prize in Chemistry, and the Israel Chemical Society Prize.
From 2002, he served as chairman of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the main institution supporting scientific research in Israel with a $70 million annual budget. He has published close to 400 scientific articles, edited 18 books, is a member of the editorial boards of six scientific journals, and has been a member of the scientific committee of dozens of conferences.
Prof. Klafter completed his PhD in chemistry at Tel Aviv University in 1978 under the supervision of the legendary Prof. Joshua Jortner. After post-doctoral studies in chemistry at MIT, he joined the research and engineering division of Exxon in the US, where he worked for eight years. He joined the TAU Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Chemistry in 1987, and was promoted to full professor in 1989. From 1998 to 2003 he was the incumbent of the Gordon Chair in Chemistry, and from 2003 onward he has held the Heineman Chair of Physical Chemistry.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, among other organizations, and holds an honorary doctorate from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland.