TEL AVIV (May. 15)
Prof. Ernst David Bergmann, who was chairman of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission for 15 years, received Israel’s annual Defense Forces Prize at ceremonies here Friday over which Prime Minister Levi Eshkol presided. The Premier, who is also Minister of Defense, cited Dr. Bergmann for his overall “important contribution to the establishment and development of defense scientific research since Israel attained its independence.” Dr. Bergmann headed the Atomic Energy Commission from 1951 until his resignation three weeks ago.
Mr. Eshkol, at the same time, awarded the prize also to several other recipients for “important achievements in a vital field of security activity,” without identifying the specific nature of the activity. The others included a team of researchers, among them, Uri Even-Tov, an aeronautical engineer, and an Israeli naval officer, Michael Harel.