Katzir, Ephraim b. May 16, 1916 d. May 30, 2009 Israeli President. Born Ephraim Katchalsky, he immigrated to Palestine in 1922 and became one of the first scientists to join the Weitzman Institute of Science. In 1973, as a Labour Party candidate, he was elected the fourth President of Israel, serving until 1978, when he retired and returned to academic life. He also received the Israel Prize for natural sciences in 1959 and was the first Israeli elected to the American Academy of Sciences. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rehovot Cemetery, Rehovot, HaMerkaz (Central District), Israel
Tal, Gen. Israel 'Talik' b. September 13, 1924 d. September 8, 2010 Israeli General. An Armoured Cavalry commander, he was a noted military strategist and was the creator of his country's Merkava tank. Raised in Palestine, Tal served with the Royal Army's Jewish Brigade during World War II and was a junior officer in the 1948 War of Independence. He commanded a brigade during the 1956 Suez Crisis and a tank division in the 1967 Six-Day-War before heading the southern front in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. In 1970, with other countries reluctant to sell arms to...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Rehovot Cemetery, Rehovot, HaMerkaz (Central District), Israel
Weizmann, Chaim b. November 27, 1874 d. November 9, 1952 Israel President, Scientist. First President of Israel and noted chemist. Born in Motol, Russia in 1874, he received his education in bio-chemistry in Switzerland and Germany. In 1905 he moved to England, where he became active in political Zionism. He became famous when he developed a synthetic acetone to be used in the manufacture of TNT explosives critical to the Allied war effort. This brought him into close contact with British leaders, and enabled him to play a key role in the issue of...[Read More] Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, HaMerkaz (Central District), Israel Plot: Buried on the grounds of the institute.