BEN-ABRAHAM, ZVI


BEN-ABRAHAM, ZVI
BEN-ABRAHAM, ZVI (1941– ), geologist. Born in Jerusalem, he received his B.Sc. in geology in 1968 from the Hebrew University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1973. Upon his return to Israel in 1973, after six months as a postdoctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he began working at the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute in Haifa and later at the Weizmann Institute of Science in the Department of Applied Mathematics. In 1982, after a two-year sabbatical at Stanford University, Ben-Avraham joined the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences at Tel Aviv University, holding the Nebenzahl and Grossberg Chair in Geodynamics, and heading the Minerva Dead Sea Research Center. That same year, he was appointed professor of geophysics at Stanford University. In 1989 Ben-Avraham accepted an offer to hold the Max Sonnenberg Marine Geosciences Chair at the University of Cape Town. He conducted detailed measurements on the sea floor, magnetic field, gravity field, sub-bottom, and heat flow of the Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, and the Gulf of Eilat using different geophysical methods. He made numerous geophysical studies of the Levant continental margin and the Levant basin, eastern Mediterranean. He also researched the evolution of the Pacific oceanic margins and ways in which continents grow and compared the San Andreas and Dead Sea faults, which are tectonically similar. As a result, a number of advances were made in understanding the Dead Sea fault valley. Ben-Avraham gained extensive academic experience at various universities in the U.S. and Europe and conducted scientific studies of numerous seas. He is a fellow or member of numerous scientific societies and recipient of the Israel Prize (2003) and the L. Meitner-A.V. Humboldt Research Award (2004). (Bracha Rager (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ḤAYYIM BEN ABRAHAM HA-KOHEN — (c. 1585–1655), kabbalist, born in Aleppo. His ancestors went to Ereẓ Israel after the expulsion from Spain (1492) and later settled in   Aleppo. Ḥayyim was the disciple of Ḥayyim Vital during his last years in Damascus, and he left an… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • SONNENFELD, JOSEPH ḤAYYIM BEN ABRAHAM SOLOMON — (1849–1932), first rabbi of the separatist Orthodox community in Jerusalem. Born in Verbó (Slovakia), Sonnenfeld was orphaned at the age of four. As a child he studied both in a talmud torah and in a general school, but in his youth he decided to …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Abraham Isaac Kook — (1865–1935) was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of the British Mandate for Palestine, the founder of the Religious Zionist Yeshiva Merkaz HaRav, Jewish thinker, Halachist, Kabbalist and a renowned Torah scholar. He is known in Hebrew as הרב אברהם …   Wikipedia

  • Abraham David ben Asher Anshel Buczacz — Abraham David ben Asher Anshel Wahrman (1770 at Nadworna ndash;1840 at Buczacz) (Hebrew: אברהם דוד מבוטשאטש), was a Galician Talmudist.He began studying Talmud as a boy. When he was ten years old, Zvi Hirsch, the author of Neta Sha ashu im, chose …   Wikipedia

  • BEN HE HE — (c. first century), tanna. In Avot (5, end) appears a maxim in the name of Ben He He: According to the labor is the reward. The same maxim is quoted as a popular saying in the name of Hillel the Elder (ARN1 12:28; ARN2 27:28), while a similar… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Abraham Isaac Kook — en 1924 Abraham Isaac Kook, né à Grīva, aujourd hui en Lettonie, le 8 septembre 1865, et mort à Jérusalem le 1er septembre 1935, est un rabbin connu po …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Abraham Tehomi — Avraham Tehomi Avraham Tehomi Avraham Tehomi (né Avraham Silberg (ou Zilberg)), né en 1903 à Odessa, dans l Empire russe, mort en 1990) était un militant sioniste et le commandant de la Haganah de Jérusalem de 1929 à 1931. Son pseudonyme dans la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hayyim ben Joseph Vital — (Calabria, 1543[1] – Damascus, 23 April 1620[2]) was a rabbi in Safed and the foremost disciple of Isaac Luria. He recorded much of his master s teachings. After Vital s death his writings spread having a powerful impact on various circles… …   Wikipedia

  • Eliezer Ben-Yehuda — Eliézer Ben Yehoudah Eliézer Ben Yehoudah Éliézer Ben Yéhouda à sa table de travail. Naissance 7 janvier  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Eliezer Ben Yehoudah — Eliézer Ben Yehoudah Eliézer Ben Yehoudah Éliézer Ben Yéhouda à sa table de travail. Naissance 7 janvier  …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.