In Memoriam

Prof. Harry Friedmann


Harry Friedmann (28 November 1931 - 28 May 2018) was a Professor of Chemistry who specialized in theoretical Nonlinear optics and lasers in Biology. He was born in Frankfurt am Main. Soon after his birth, the family fled to Czechoslovakia and from there to Belgium. He studied at the Université Libre de Bruxelles from 1951, gaining a Ph.D. with distinction in 1964 under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Prof. Ilya Prigogine. He was a Research Associate at the Weizmann Institute of Science (1962-1967), a Senior Lecturer at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (1967-1969) and then a Professor at Bar-Ilan University in the Chemistry Department. He became a Professor Emeritus at Bar-Ilan University in 1999. His research focused on quantum statistical mechanics, spectroscopy of molecules in rare-gas crystals, theoretical nonlinear optics, especially isotope separation, nonlinear optical processes in atomic systems, light propagation and storage, and also the effect of laser light on biological systems. He published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, many of them were co-authored by colleagues Arlene Wilson-Gordon and Rachel Lubart.

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Prof. Harold Basch


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Prof. Harold Basch on November 8, 2018. Harold was a Professor of Chemistry who specialized in Computational Chemistry. He was born on November 29, 1940 in the Bronx, New York City. He obtained his B.A. from Yeshiva University (1962) and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University (1966) under the supervision of Harry B. Gray. He did a Post-doctoral research at Bell Telephone Laboratories (1966-1968) and was a Principal Research Scientist at Ford Motor Company at Dearborn, Michigan (1968-1971). In 1970 he joined the Chemistry Department at Bar-Ilan University and became a full Professor in 1977. He served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Bar-Ilan University (1973-1976), Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics (1988-1990), member of the Executive Board of the Senate for several terms, Academic Head of the Holon Institute of Technology (1978-1981), member of the Council for Higher Education in Israel (1985-1991), served on scientific grants committees of the Israel Science Foundation, was a member of the scientific board of the Israel Inter-University Computation Center, was appointed to the National Council for Research and Development (Prime Minister's Office) and a member of the computer grants committee of the Planning and Budgeting Committee. In 2005-2011 he served as the Vice President for Research at Bar-Ilan University.

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