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6 Points Sci-Tech’s Top 11 Jewish Scientists & Technologists

By Sam Kazer, Communications Specialist

It is no surprise that Jews have had a long history of significant impact in the academic and scientific worlds. Committed to lifelong learning and kindled by a passion of Tikkun Olam or “repairing the world,” Jews everywhere have embraced science and technology in order to better understand the universe, and in turn, improve the quality of life for its inhabitants. In fact, Jews make up over 20% of the total Nobel Prize winners, a true testament to Judaism’s commitment to learning and scientific advancement.

With only 11 days left until the first day of camp, find out below who inspires us at 6 Points Sci-Tech as the top 11 Jewish Scientists and Technologists:

 

11. Mark Zuckerberg

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Co-Founder of Facebook, Zuckerberg had a “reputation as a programming prodigy” in college at Harvard University. Since founding Facebook, Zuckerberg has taken up philanthropy, donating millions of dollars to schools and to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

 

10. Jonas Salk

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What would do if you discovered the vaccine to what was considered the most dangerous public health problem of the decade? For Salk, the creator of the Polio vaccine, the answer was simple: give it away for almost nothing. Salk refused to patent the vaccine, a practice almost unheard of in medicine today.

 

9. Fritz Haber

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The Haber process, developed by Haber and Carl Bosch in 1911, has allowed the planet’s population to grow to what it is today. The process turns hydrogen and atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia, a key ingredient in fertilizers which promote plant growth.

 

8. Ada Yonath

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The first Israeli woman to win a Nobel Prize, chemist Ada Yonath pioneered work on understanding the mechanisms of the ribosome, or the cell’s “protein factory.” Additionally, she developed protein crystallography, a powerful technique used to probe the structures of proteins found in the body.

 

7. Sergey Brin

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Born in the Soviet Union, Brin and his family immigrated to the United States because his father was denied admission to graduate school for being Jewish. In 1996 Brin and Larry Page started the search engine that today has its own verb, Google.

 

6. Isidor Isaac Rabi

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Rabi, in 1994, discovered the phenomenon known as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in molecules. NMR can be used to determine the structure of most chemical compounds and led to the invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) used in hospitals and doctor’s offices around the world.

 

5.  Bob Kahn

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Partially responsible for the modern Internet, Kahn thought up Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). With the help of Vint Cerf, Kahn established the two layer protocol still used today to regulate how data is transferred across the internet: TCP/IP.

 

4. Kira Radinsky

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Called the “Israeli who can predict the future,” Radinsky is a young, up and coming computer scientist who works on disaster prediction software. She utilizes big-data analysis to predict natural disasters, and more recently sales trends with her start-up company SalesPredict.

 

3. Niels Bohr

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Niels Bohr is credited with first theorizing the structure and properties of the atom accepted and verified by scientists today. His many contributions to chemistry and physics won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.

 

2. Albert Einstein

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From E=mc2 to general relativity, Einstein’s contributions to science are almost infinitely many. He solved many problems with Newtonian physics with his theories and is still today regarded as one of the most important scientists of all time.

 

1. Our Campers

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Everyone with a career in science or technology knows that the nex­t best idea or revolutionary technique lies within the next generation of scientists and technologists. As counselors and staff at 6 Points Sci-Tech, we aspire to inspire our campers with wonder and appreciation for science and technology through a Jewish lens, anticipating our campers to be the next movers and shakers of the scientific and technological worlds.

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