Amos de Shalit

Amos de-Shalit

Amos de-Shalit

Born September 29, 1926
Jerusalem, Mandate Palestine
Died September 2, 1969 aoremovetag(aged 42)
Nationality Israeli
Fields Nuclear Physics
Institutions Weizmann Institute of Science
Alma mater Hebrew University of Jerusalem
ETH Zurich
Known for Nuclear Shell Model

Amos de-Shalit (Hebrew: עמוס דה-שליט‎; September 29, 1926 - September 2, 1969) was a distinguished Israeli nuclear physicist.


Amos de-Shalit was born in 1926 in Jerusalem in the then Mandate Palestine. He grew up in Tel Aviv and graduating from .

In 1949, de-Shalit earned his master's degree in physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, writing his M.Sc. thesis under the guidance of Giulio Racah. During the Israeli War of Independence, he served in IDF Science Corps, together with other students of Professor Racah. Whilst the war was still in progess, de-Shalit, together with some other students, sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, stressing that the future of physics is nuclear physics and cosmic radiation. As a consequence, a number of students, including de-Shalit, were sent to the world's top nuclear institutions to gain the requisite knowledge. In 1951, he earned his doctorate at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland. From 1952 to 1954, he was a research fellow at Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent some time at the Saclay Atomic Research Institute in France.

In 1954, de-Shalit was asked to establish the Department of Nuclear Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, which he headed for ten years. While working at the Weizmann Institute, he also served as a consultant to the Israel Ministry of Defense. From 1961 to 1963, de-Shalit served as science director of the Weizmann Institute and from 1966 to 1969, he served as the Institutes's Chief Executive/General Manager.

He died in 1969, not yet 43 years old, from acute pancreatitis.

Awards and honours


Amos de-Shalit's sons, and , are professors, for mathematics and political science, respectively, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His sister, Tamar, was married to Arthur Goldreich.

Published works


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