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Chaim Weizmann, PhD Biography

First President of the State of Israel
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • First President of the State of Israel, 1949–1952
  • Chairman of the Provisional State Council (Palestine), 1948-1949
  • Appeared before the United Nations Special Committee of Palestine and the United Nations General Assembly, 1947
  • Primary activist responsible for including the Negev region in the the United Nations plan for the future state of Israel, and the recognition of Israel by the United States at the United Nations, 1947
  • President of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), 1920-1931 and 1935-1946
  • President of the Jewish Agency, 1929-1931 and 1935-1946
  • Traveled to Aqaba, Jordan, to meet with Emir Feisal, signing the Weizmann/Feisal Agreement, 1918
  • Founder of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Key proponent of the Zionist cause, actively working to solicit support for the creation of a Jewish state from journalists and politicians throughout the U.S., South Africa, and Europe (one major example of his efforts resulted in the 1917 Balfour Declaration), 1901-1949
  • As a chemist during World War I, helped the British war effort by developing a new method for the manufacture of acetone
  • PhD with Honors, Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Switzerland, 1899
  • Studied chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of Darmstaat, Germany
  • Appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, England, 1904
  • Appointed Assistant Lecturer at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, 1901
  • Born in the village of Motol, near Pinsk, in the Russian Pale of Settlement, 1874, died in 1952
  • Was one of fifteen brothers and sisters