Ariel Center for Policy Research (ACPR)



 Yuval Ne`eman

Physics professor Yuval Ne`eman, born in 1925 in Tel Aviv, served, among other posts, as the head of the IDF Maneuvers Branch in 1950 and head of the General Staff's Planning Department at the rank of colonel from 1951-1952; as the Chief Scientist in the Defense Ministry from 1974-1976; as the Science Minister and Vice Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission [1982-1984, 1990-1992] and as Energy Minister [1990-1992]. He established the Israeli Space Agency and has served as its chairman ever since. During the Six Day War he returned to the Intelligence Branch and was responsible for Israel's political, image and technical aspects. This was also the case during the Yom Kippur War during which he was responsible for the strategic military-operational ties with the United States. In 1969, he received the Israel Prize in the field of exact sciences. In that same year he was granted the Einstein Medal for his unique contribution in the field of physics. In 2003, he received the Emet Prize for Arts Sciences and Culture, which was presented to him by the Prime Minister for his pioneering contribution in the deciphering of the atomic nucleus and its components and for his enormous scientific contribution to the development of sub-atomic physics in Israel.