Prof. Zev Levin

Emeritus in Department of Geophysics
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Prof. Zev Levin
Fax: 03-6409282
Office: Kaplun, 326


  • Processes in clouds and precipitation development

  • On the Interactions between aerosols and clouds and their impact on climate

  • Numerical models of clouds and precipitation

  • Cloud seeding for rain enhancement

  • On the formation of ice in clouds

    • Nucleation of ice by aerosols

    • Nucleation of ice by bacteria

  • Electrical processes in the atmosphere

  • Formation of lightning strokes

  • Atmospheric electricity on other planets

  • Mineral dust particles and their impact of clouds and rain

  • Chemical processes in clouds

The principle investigator in MEIDEX, The Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment, on board the Columbia Space Shuttle with the late Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut in their last tragic flight to space.


  • BSc, Physics with Honors, Physics Department, California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2010-2016

  • Visting Professor, Univ. of Frankfurt, 2007, 2008

  • National Taiwan Univ. Taiwan, 2008

  • President of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation, 2006-2012

  • Visting senior Scientist, UMBC-NASA Goddard, 2004-2005

  • Head of the Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University, 2000-2004

  • Visiting Professor, Inst. for Atmos. Physics, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 1999

  • Chair Professor, Goldenberg Chair in Atmospheric Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1994

  • Senior Scientist, Sabbatical leave- -National Research Council, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, MD., 1992-1993

  • Dean for Research and Vice President of Research and Development, Tel Aviv University, 1987-1992

  • Chairman of the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, Tel Aviv University, 1985-1987

  • Full Professor, Tel Aviv University, 1984

  • Visiting Senior Scientist, ASEE NASA, Stanford Fellowship, 1985

  • Senior Scientist, Sabbatical leave- -National Research Council, Associateship  Program, NASA, Ames Research Center, Theoretical and Planetary Branch , Feb.-Oct.-1981

  • Visiting Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric  Research  Boulder Colorado, June - Aug. 1978 and Aug.-Sept.- 1979

  • Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University, Dept. of Geophysics & Planetary Sciences, 1978-1984

  • Visiting Professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, Atmos. Sciences  Program, Aug. 1977

  • Senior Post Doctor Fellowship, Sabbatical leave - National Center for Atmospheric Research,  Advanced Study Program, 1976-1977

  • Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Dept. of Geophysics &  Planetary Sciences, 1974-1977

  • Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Dept. of  Environmental Sciences, 1971-1974

  • Research Associate, University of California at Los Angeles, Department of  Meteorology, 1970-1971


Awards and Prizes

  • National Academy of Sciences/Natural Research Council,(NRC) Associateship, Senior scientist, NASA Ames Research Center, 1981

  • ASEE-NASA, Stanford Fellowship, 1985

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, A Visiting Distinguished Scientist, 1989

  • National Academy of Sciences/Natural Research Council,(NRC) Associateship, Senior  scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1992

  • Chair Professor, J. Goldemberg chair in Atmospheric Physics, Tel Aviv University, 1994

  • The Landesbausparkassen Baden-Wurttemberg Prize on Environment and Life by the University of Konstanz, Germany, 1997

  • The Landau Science Prize, Israel, 2009

  • A scientific merit award by the Israeli Meteorological Society, 2011

  • Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, 2012

  • The Helmholtz International Fellow Award, 2013

  • Honorary member of the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation, 2016

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