Sabin to Retire As Weizmann Institute President; Ill Health Cited As Reason

Professor Albert B, Sabin, world famous discoverer of the oral polio vaccine which bears his name, will retire Jan. 1, 1973 from the presidency of the Weizmann Institute of Science, after holding that post for the past three years. This was announced today at the annual meeting of the Institute’s Board of Governors by Board chairman, Abraham Feinberg, who expressed the Institute’s deepest regret that ill health has forced Prof. Sabin, who underwent open heart surgery some months ago, to leave his post at the end of this year.

Feinberg also voiced the Board’s hope that Prof. Sabin, who will spend the coming year in the United States at the National Institutes of Health In Bethesda, Maryland, as a Fogarty Scholar, will continue to work on behalf of the Institute whenever and wherever possible.

The Board of Governors elected Professor Israel Dostrovsky, until now the Institute’s vice president, to serve as acting president and chief executive officer. Prof. Dostrovsky, who tomorrow celebrates his 54th birthday, is a distinguished physical chemist and a member of the Institute’s staff since 1948, most of that time as head of its Isotope Research Department. From 1965 until 1971, on leave from the Institute, Prof. Dostrovsky served as director general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. In that capacity and subsequently he has played a key role in tackling Israel’s water problem.

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