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Weizmann Institute of Science

Weizmann Institute of Science
מכון ויצמן למדע
Established 1934
Type Public
President Prof. Daniel Zajfman
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 1,082
Postgraduates 356
Location Rehovot, Israel
Campus Urban
Postdoctoral fellows 220
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Koffler accelerator at night

The Weizmann Institute of Science (Hebrew: מכון ויצמן למדעMachon Weizmann LeMada) is a public research university in Rehovot, Israel. It differs from other Israeli universities in that it offers only graduate and postgraduate tutelage in the sciences.

It is a multidisciplinary research center, with around 2,500 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students, and scientific, technical, and administrative staff working at the Institute.[1][2]

Three Nobel laureates and three Turing Award laureates have been associated with the Weizmann Institute of Science.


Founded in 1934 by Chaim Weizmann and his first team, among them Benjamin M. Bloch, as the Daniel Sieff Research Institute. Weizmann had offered the post of director to Nobel Prize laureate Fritz Haber, but took over the directorship himself after Haber's death en route to Palestine. Before he became President of the State of Israel in February 1949, Weizmann pursued his research in organic chemistry at its laboratories. The institute was renamed the Weizmann Institute of Science in his honor on November 2, 1949, in agreement with the Sieff family.


The Weizmann Institute presently has about 2,500 students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty, and awards M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and biology, as well as several interdisciplinary programs.[3] The symbol of the Weizmann Institute of Science is the multibranched Ficus tree.[4]

All applicants from undergraduate institutions to the Weizmann Institute apply to M.Sc. programs, with admission to Ph.D. programs contingent on the successful completion of an M.Sc. at the Weizmann Institute or elsewhere, or an MD. Admissions are generally competitive, with seven to ten times as many applicants as there are places in each program.[5]

International standing

In 2011, the magazine The Scientist rated the Weizmann Institute as the best place in the world to work in academia among non-US institutions.[6] In 2012, the Weizmann Institute made the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 93rd place[7] and moved up to 92nd in 2013.[8] In 2014, it made the Center for World University Rankings in 38th place and the U.S. News' Best Global Universities list in 102nd place.[9][10]

Youth programs

In addition to its academic programs, the Weizmann Institute runs programs for youth, including science clubs, camps, and competitions. The Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute accepts high-school graduates from all over the world for a four-week, science-based summer camp. The Clore Garden of Science, which opened in 1999, is the world’s first completely interactive outdoor science museum.[3][11]


Three Weizmann Institute researchers won the Turing Award: Amir Pnueli in 1996,[12] Adi Shamir in 2002[13] and Shafi Goldwasser in 2012.[14]

Ada Yonath won the Wolf Prize for Chemistry in 2006 and the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009. Several faculty have been awarded Wolf Prizes in Medicine, including Leo Sachs (1980), Meir Wilchek (1987) and Michael Sela and Ruth Arnon (shared, 1998).


The nonscientists Abba Eban and Meyer Weisgal were assisted by Scientific Directors, as was Weizmann himself owing to his duties as the first President of Israel. The following persons held the position of Scientific Director:

Full list of past officers of the Weizmann Institute

Notable faculty

Notable alumni



See also


  1. ^ Weizmann Institute of Science - Scientific Activities 2010
  2. ^ Weizmann Institute of Science - Facts and Figures
  3. ^ a b The Weizmann Institute of Science
  4. ^ Institution resource development, Weizmann Institute of Science
  5. ^ [1], The Canadian Jewish News
  6. ^ The Scientist Staff (1 July 2011). "Best Places to Work Academia, 2011". The Scientist. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Israel's Hebrew U, Technion and Weizmann make list of top 100 international universities
  8. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Center for World University Rankings". Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Best Global Universities". Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  11. ^ The Clore Garden of Science – A Worlds First
  12. ^ "ACM Award Citation / Amir Pnueli". Association for Computing Machinery. 
  13. ^ "ACM Award Citation / Adi Shamir". Association for Computing Machinery. 
  14. ^ "Listen to Interviews with 2012 ACM Turing Award Recipients Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali". Association for Computing Machinery. 2012. 
  15. ^ "Arie Belldegrun, M.D.". David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Arie Belldegrun, M.D.". Urological Sciences Research Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

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