Professor Joshua Jortner was elected as a Foreign Member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences
Professor Joshua Jortner was elected as a Foreign Member of the Accademia Dei Lincei, the Italian National Academy of Sciences. This Academy, which was established in 1603, is the oldest Academy in the world. Professor Joshua Jortner is the first and only Israeli to be elected to the Italian Academy of Sciences, of which Galileo Galilei was also a member. With this honorary appointment, Professor Jortner is now a member of 14 national academies around the world.
Jortner is a Professor of Chemistry and in 1966 established the Department of Chemistry of Tel Aviv University. His main scientific interests span a broad range of areas in physical and theoretical chemistry. Jortner's scientific research focuses on the exploration of the phenomena of energy acquisition, storage and disposal in isolated molecules, clusters, condensed phases and biophysical systems.
Professor Jortner's work awarded him many prizes, amongst them the 1982 Israel Prize in Chemistry. In 2009 a Chair in his name was established at Tel Aviv University.