Heinemann Professor of Chemistry at Tel-Aviv University
Joshua Jortner holds the position of the Heinemann Professor of Chemistry at Tel-Aviv University (1973-2003). He served as the Deputy Rector, Acting Rector and Vice-President of Tel-Aviv University (1966-1972). He holds honorary doctorates from Universities in Israel, France and Germany and among his awards is the Wolf Prize in Chemistry. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and a foreign member of 13 Academies of Sciences and Learned Societies in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Jortner's scientific work in physical and theoretical chemistry, which contributed to the elucidation of the dynamics of complex systems from large molecules and clusters to biomolecules, is summarized in 680 scientific articles and 23 books. He contributed to shaping the scientific research and public service in Israel. He served as the President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1986-1995) and as the first Chairman of the Israel National Science Foundation (1986-1995). He acted as science advisor to three Prime Ministers of Israel. On the international level Jortner served as the President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (1998-2000). His current public service activities span issues of science and public policy.