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Israel Builds 3,000,000-volt “atom Splitter” in United States

February 14, 1955
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Dr. Gvirol Goldring, staff member of the Weizmann Institute for Science, left for the United States today to participate in the construction of a three-million volt atom splitter for the nuclear physics department of the Weizmann Institute which will be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

The machine, a Van de Graff positive-ion accelerator, is to be constructed in Cambridge, Mass., with the participation of Dr. Goldring who will later take care of its installation and operation in Rehovoth, in a new five-wing building of the Weizmann Institute which will house the departments of nuclear physics, electronics, optics and isotope research. The building will be erected on a 30-dunam plot at the Weizmann Memorial, adjoining the Institute.

The machine will be completed in December, 1956, and installed in its new home in Israel in the Spring of 1957. Dr. Amos de Shalit, head of the nuclear physics department of the Institute, said that the machine would contribute greatly to the development of atomic energy in Israel. It will enable the study of nuclear reaction produced by the bombardment of nuclei with high energy protons. “Such experimental studies,” said Dr. de Shalit, “are of great importance to the understanding of nuclear structure and nuclear energy.”

En route to the United States, Dr. Goldring will spend a month at Strasbourg University. Dr. Goldring, who is 29 years old, was brought to Israel from Frankfurt as a child by his parents in 1933. He studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and later received his Ph.D. at London University.

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