The Queen and the Professor

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Prof. David Samuel and Queen Elizabeth II. Rare honor

Queen Elizabeth II's 1996 honors list included Weizmann Institute Professor Emeritus David Samuel. The veteran Institute scientist was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to British academic and commercial interests in Israel.

Prof. Samuel, a chemist, joined the Weizmann Institute as a graduate student in 1949 and was appointed to the academic staff in 1956. He subsequently expanded his interests to the neurosciences and science teaching. On his retirement in 1987, he became president of the Shenkar College of Textile Technology and Fashion, a position he occupied until 1994.

Samuel holds the British title of Lord (Viscount Samuel of Mount Carmel and Toxteth), which he inherited from his grandfather, Lord Samuel, the first British High Commissioner to Mandatory Palestine.