Avishai Dekel

Physicist, Person

1951 –


Who is Avishai Dekel?

Avishai Dekel is a professor of physics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, holding the Andre Aisenstadt Chair of Theoretical Physics. He is performing research in astrophysics and cosmology. Prof. Dekel got his Ph.D. from The Hebrew University in 1980, and was a research fellow at Caltech and an assistant professor at Yale University before joining the faculty of The Hebrew University in 1986. He served as the Head of The Racah Institute of Physics, the Dean of the Authority for the Community and Youth at The Hebrew University, and the President of the Israel Physical Society. He headed the university computing committee, was a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees and is a member of the standing committee of The Hebrew University. Prof. Dekel is a frequent visitor to the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as to other leading universities in the US and Europe. Among other professional honors, he has been awarded a Miller professorship at UC Berkeley and a Blaise Pascal International Chair of Research by the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Prof. Dekel is known for his contributions to research in cosmology, especially the study of the formation of galaxies and large-scale structure in the Universe, which is dominated by dark energy and dark matter. He is most well known for the understanding of dwarf galaxies and supernova feedback, for the analysis of large-scale cosmic flows and the early estimates of fundamental cosmological parameters, for the studies of the structure of dark-matter galactic halos, and for his contributions to central issues in the theory of galaxy formation.

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on July 23, 2013


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