Emet Prize Laureates

Prof. Tsvi Piran

2019 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Exact Sciences
In Field: Physics and Space Research

Tsvi Piran

Jury Statement

“The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Tsvi Piran for his groundbreaking work in high-energy astrophysics, particularly for his contribution to the understanding of gamma-ray bursts and the creation of these systems’ heavy elements.”




Prof. Tsvi Piran, Israels leading astrophysicist, has been a key figure in Israels emergence as a global leader in theoretical astrophysics.

Prof. Piran’s study of gamma ray bursts the brightest explosions in the universe are considered path-breaking in the research of outer space, as are his studies of the structure of black holes, ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, and nucleosynthesis of the heaviest elements.

Prof. Piran’s expertise in relative astrophysics places him among Albert Einsteins successors. His series of articles concerning the numerical relativity, which harnesses computers to the study of the theory of relativity, is considered a milestone in the development of these calculationstheoretical foundation.

During half-a-century of academic activity, the 70-year-old Prof. Piran has mentored a generation of astrophysicists while researching and teaching at Oxford, Harvard, Caltech, Columbia, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and of course the Hebrew University, where he earned his Ph.D. and has been a full professor since age 39.

A native of Tel Aviv, Prof. Piran has published more than 470 articles, and became one of the worlds most quoted space scientists. Aside from that he has edited twelve books and also published two popular science books, one about the Big Bang, the other about black holes, in which he climbed down the ivory tower in order to share with the public the research of outer space.