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Amos De Shalit

Hebrew: עמוס עמוס דה-שליט
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Death: Died in Rehovot, Rehovot, Center District, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Moshe De Shalit and Ada (Adele) De Shalit
Husband of Nechama De Shalit
Father of Ehud De Shalit and Avner De Shalit
Brother of Meir De Shalit and Tamar De Shalit Goldreich

Occupation: Scientist - Nuclear Physics
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About Amos De Shalit

Amos de-Shalit עמוס דה-שליט‎; September 29, 1926 - September 2, 1969) was a distinguished Israeli nuclear physicist.

Awards and honours

  • In 1962, de-Shalit was elected as a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
  • In 1965, he was awarded the Israel Prize in exact sciences, together with his colleague Professor Igal Talmi, for their work on "shell model" in nuclear physics.
  • The De Shalit High School and two junior sister high schools in Rehovot were renamed after him.
  • In 1974, In conjunction with the Weizmann Institute, the "Amos de-Shalit Foundation" was founded to foster an increased awareness of the important role of science amongst Israeli youth, and "Amos de-Shalit Summer School program" was launched in his name.

In 1949, de-Shalit earned his master's degree in physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, writing his M.Sc. thesis under the guidance of Giulio Racah. During the Israeli War of Independence, he served in the IDF Science Corps, together with other students of Professor Racah. During the war, de-Shalit, together with some other students, sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, stressing that the future of physics is nuclear physics and cosmic radiation. As a consequence, a number of students, including de-Shalit, were sent to the world's top nuclear institutions to gain the requisite knowledge. In 1951, he earned his doctorate at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland. From 1952 to 1954, he was a research fellow at Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent some time at the Saclay Atomic Research Institute in France.

In 1954, de-Shalit was asked to establish the Department of Nuclear Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, which he headed for ten years. While working at the Weizmann Institute, he also served as a consultant to the Israel Ministry of Defense. From 1961 to 1963, de-Shalit served as science director of the Weizmann Institute and from 1966 to 1969, he served as the Institutes's Chief Executive/General Manager

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Amos De Shalit's Timeline

January 27, 1926
Jerusalem, Israel
September 12, 1969
Age 43
Rehovot, Rehovot, Center District, Israel