Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham

Emeritus in Department of Geophysics
חוג למדעי כדור הארץ אמריטוס
Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham
Phone: 03-6408528
Fax: 03-6409282
Office: Kaplun, 213


  • Continental Margins.

    • Structure and evolution of passive continental margins.

      • Levant continental margin.

    • Tectonic processes at active continental margins.

      • Pacific and Indian Oceans active margins.

      • Calabrian, Hellenic and Cyprean Arcs, eastern Mediterranean.

    • Sheared continental margins.

      • Agulhas margin.

  • Continental Transforms.

    • Dead Sea fault.

    • San Andreas fault.

    • Philippine fault.

  • Collisional Processes at plate margins.



  • B.Sc. with honors in Geology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1969. 

  • Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1973.


Academic Appointments

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1973

  • Senior Research Fellow, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd., 1973-1975

  • Researcher, Department of Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, 1975-1976

  • Senior Researcher, Department of Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, 1976-1981

  • Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, 1981-1982

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Geophysics, Stanford University, 1979-1982

  • Professor of Geophysics (Research), Department of Geophysics, Stanford University, 1982-1989

  • Max Sonnenberg Professor of Marine Geoscience, University of Cape Town, 1989-Today

  • Associate Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 1982-1986

  • Professor of Geophysics, Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 1986-present

  • Visiting Professor, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2001

  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005

  • Founding Director, Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, 2007-Today

  • Scientific Advisor to the President of the State of Israel, 2008-Today

  • Head, Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel, 2012-Today


Awards and Prizes

  • Grader Prize, Israel Geological Society, 1976

  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1981

  • Citation of excellence, USSR Academy of Sciences, 1984

  • Freund Prize, Israel Geological Society, 1985

  • Invited Lecture, Royal Astronomical Society, London, 1985

  • Max Sonnenberg Chair of Marine Geoscience, University of Cape Town, 1989

  • Member, Academia Europaea, 1996

  • Nebenzahl and Grossberg Chair in Geodynamics, Tel Aviv University, 1998

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1999

  • Corresponding member, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, 2000

  • Member, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2000

  • Israel Prize, 2003

  • Honorary member, World Jewish Academy of Sciences, 2003

  • L.Meitner-A.v. Humboldt Research Award, 2004

  • Foreign member, Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Israeli Association for Aquatic Sciences, 2012

  • Honorary member, Israel Geological Society, 2014


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