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Biographical entry Israelachvili, Jacob Nissim (1944 - 2018)

FRS, FAA, NAE

Born
19 August 1944
Tel Aviv, Israel
Died
20 September 2018
Occupation
Chemical engineer

Summary

Jacob Israelachvili was a chemical engineer and physicist who developed original and ground-breaking techniques for measuring intermolecular forces. This led to the discovery and elucidation of fundamental molecular interactions in complex colloidal and biological systems and at interfaces; and to applications such as the creation of biocompatible surfaces, development of new types of structured materials and soft biomaterials, and diagnosis of pathological membranes and tissues. He was the inventor of the Surforce measuring device. In 1986, after 12 years at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, Israelachvili was appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley

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1962 - 1965
Career position - National Service in Israel
1962 - 1965
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at Christ's College, University of Cambridge, UK
1968 - 1971
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Cambridge
1971 - 1972
Career position - Postdoctoral Researcher at the Surface Physics Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (eleven months)
1972 - 1974
Career position - European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Research Fellow at the Biophysics Institute, University of Stockholm and at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden
1974 - 1977
Career position - Research Fellow then Fellow in the Research School of Physical Science and the Research School of Biological Sciences at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University in Canberra
1977
Award - Pawsey Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1977 - 1986
Career position - Senior Fellow then Professorial Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Department of Neurobiology at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University in Canberra
1982 - 1986
Career position - Councillor of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists
1982 - 2018
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1983 -
Award - David Syme Research Prize, University of Melbourne
1984 - 1985
Career position - Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Institute of Advanced Studies
1986
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture received from the Australian Academy of Science
1986 - 1988
Career position - Vice-President of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists
1986 - 2017
Career position - Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Materials Department in the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), and in the Biomolecular Science and Engineering (BMSE) Program at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
1988 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1991
Award - Alpha Chi Sigma Award received from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
1993
Career position - Associate Director of the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of California
1996 -
Career position - Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
2004 - 2018
Career position - Member, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.

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