Emet Prize Laureates

Prof. Raphael David Levin

2002 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Exact Sciences
In Field: Chemistry


Prof. Raphael David Levin

Jury Statement

“For his first-rate scientific contributions to the study of molecular dynamics, which has had a tremendous effect on the development of modern chemistry.”


Prof. Raphael David Levine was born in Egypt in 1938.

In 1960 he completed his master’s degree at Hebrew University, and earned two doctorates - in mathematics and philosophy - in England in 1964 and 1966.

He is internationally recognized as one of the founders of the field of dynamics in chemistry research, and as a researcher who has led to numerous discoveries that have turned this field into a key scientific topic. Throughout the years of his scientific endeavor he has addressed the theoretical understanding of results obtained in molecular dynamics experiments, thereby predicting new phenomena and setting new goals for scientific work. In his first book, which was published in 1974, he laid the foundations for the field of molecular dynamics as an important scientific topic in its own right.

In the past decade he has been involved with chemistry under extreme conditions. His studies have succeeded in presenting an innovative experimental method and predicting new phenomena, most of which have already been observed and verified.

His research has won him many awards, including the Israel Prize (1974), the Weizmann Prize (1979), the Wolf Prize (1988) and the Rothschild Prize (1992).

His contribution to research has been widely recognized in scientific literature, and he is a member and fellow of scientific academies around the world. He has raised generations of students, who are now engaged in the new field that he defined.