By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010
A scientist who helped found Israel’s prestigious Weizmann Institute has died at the age of 92.
Professor Israel Dostrovsky, who served as the Institute’s fifth president, was also the chief scientist at Israel’s defence ministry under Yitzhak Rabin.
Born in Odessa, Prof Dostrovsky moved to what was then British mandate Palestine in 1919. After a period spent studying and then lecturing in chemistry at University College, London, he returned to Israel after the country gained independence.
In 1948 he joined the Weizmann Institute, becoming its president in 1972.