Cornell, Technion form a ‘Manhattan Project’


Haifa Technion 1945

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has just announced the approval of a joint bid by Cornell University and the Technion in Haifa to create a new state-of-the-art science campus on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island.

The JTA Archive features some interesting higher education partnerships between America and the Technion.


On October 1945, the university was deemed kosher for American veterans, 50 of whom began studying there less than half-a-year later:

The Hebrew Institute of Technology at Haifa has been approved by the Veterans Administration for the education and training of American veterans under the G. I. Bill of Rights, it was announced today by the American Society for the Palestine Institute of Technology.

And in 1950, a lead researcher of the Manhattan Project was cleared to serve as a visiting professor:

Dr. J. Leon Shereshefsky, head of Howard University’s chemistry department and leading research chemist of the "Manhattan Project" which developed the atomic bomb, has been awarded a grant-in-aid by the State Department enabling him to serve as a visiting professor of physical chemistry at the Hebrew Institute of Technology" in Eaifa. He will serve during the academic year which begins this autumn.

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