Israel Gains in Research Attract Attention at U.S. Scientific Parley

A display of more than 2,000 scientific papers by scientists from Israel, reporting on researches since the establishment of the Jewish State, is attracting attention here at the conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science which is attended by several thousand scientists from all parts of the United States. Affiliated with the Association are 265 scientific societies with a total membership of more than 2,000,000. They include the American Medical Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society and 42 academies of science.

The exhibit of Israel papers was opened last night by Ambassador Abba Eban who declared that rapid and diverse immigration has created problems and presented an unusual opportunity for research in Israel in various fields. The subject of the Israel exhibit run from aerodynamics to zoology. Age-old problems such as irrigation and locusts are treated, as well as the peaceful uses of the atom and the practical applications of solar energy.

Some of the problems dealt with are peculiar to the Middle East. Others have a wider scope. The papers that have been collected cover agriculture, engineering, medicine and the natural sciences. The engineering section contains studies devoted to the relationship of building material and design to environment. Reports also are included on studies on the origin and age of underground water sources based upon the measurement of the concentration of tritium, the hydrogen of triple weight used as one of the basic ingredients in the hydrogen bomb.

The medical section contains a variety of medical topics. In the section on natural sciences are shown reports on mathematics, physics, including atomic physics, and chemistry, bacteriology, botany, zoology and geology. The last published research reports of the late Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel and a world-renowned chemist, also are included.

Most of the research reported upon was carried out by the Hebrew University, the Israel Institute of Technology, the Weizma in Institute of Science and the Research Council of Israel. The council organizes and coordinates research work in natural sciences It stimulates and carries out studies designed to develop industry and agriculture and the exploitation of Israel’s natural resources.

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