Yuval Ne’eman, professor emeritus of physics, died on April 26, 2006. He was 80.
Professor Ne’eman received his B.S. and M.S. from the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa in 1945 and 1946, respectively. He did some graduate work at the Ecole Superieure de Guerre in Paris and received the Diplome d’Etat Major in 1952. He received his Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from the Imperial College of Science in London in 1961.
Dr. Ne’eman joined The University of Texas faculty in 1967 and held a concurrent appointment with Tel Aviv University. He was very active at UT and founded the Center for Particle Physics. He served as president of Tel Aviv University from 1971-75.
Professor Ne’eman was a member of Israel’s Parliament, serving as the Minister of Science from 1982-84 and as Minister of Energy from 1990-92. In 1988, Israel launched its first satellite into space while he was director of the Israel Space Agency.
Dr. Ne’eman was the recipient of the Israel Prize, the Einstein Medal, and the Wigner Medal, and he published over 300 papers and 15 books. He was a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Ne’eman married Dvora Rubinstein in Tel Aviv on June 28, 1951. They had two children: Anath and Tid-al.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
Office of the General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Jennifer Morgan and posted on the Faculty Council web site
on April 13, 2009. Additional information can be found in the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.