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The Origins of the Future 2006
Professor Dan Shechtman, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences, is a trailblazing scientist who discovered quasi-periodic crystals during the 1980s. Until Professor Shechtman's discovery there was general agreement that the atomic order of crystals had double, triple, quadruple and 6-fold rotational symmetry axes, but not quintuple axes, a periodic crystal cannot have a 5-fold rotational symmetry axes.
Dan Shechtman discovered in 1982 that several aluminum alloys produced a diffraction pattern of 5-fold rotational symmetry. The discovery resulted in a revolution in the understanding of material structure, thus leading to a change in the basic definition of a crystal. This discovery is considered one of the most dramatic in materials science in our time. Since the discovery the science of quasi-periodic crystals has produced hundreds of new materials with this unique structure published in some 7,000 scientific articles and over forty books. Some of these new materials have unique properties, leading to commercial uses.
Professor Shechtman has won many prizes including, in Israel: the Weizmann Science Prize, The Rothschild Engineering Prize, The Wolf Prize, The Israel Prize and the EMET Prize. He also won The International Prize for new materials of the American Physics Society and The Gregory Aminoff 2000 Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Many scientific societies seek his membership. He is an honorary member of The Israel Microscopy Society and the Israel Crystallography Society, an honorary member of the Indian Society of Materials Research, the French Physics Society, and a member of the American National Academy of Engineering. He is also member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and serves as Chair of its Science Division.
The French scientific monthly La Recherche compiled a comprehensive list of the great names in science over the past three centuries, beginning with Isaac Newton, including Albert Einstein and concluding with Dan Shechtman.,
Professor Dan Shechtman is a graduate of Technion's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc.), continuing his graduate studies (M.Sc. and PhD) at Technion's Faculty of Materials Engineering. Today Professor Shechtman is one of the Faculty's most prominent researchers, one of 6 Technion Research Professors in the entire institution.
Professor Shechtman is married to Professor. Zipora Shechtman. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
DAN SHECHTMAN May 2006
Professor, Materials Science
Distinguished Technion Professor
Marital status - Married+ 4 children
Education: B.Sc. - Technion
1966, Mechanical Engineering.
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Prizes and Awards:
Papers in Refereed Journals:
ASM - American Society for metals
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