Tel Aviv University
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Tel Aviv University

Israeli University in Tel Aviv

By James Barham, PhD

In 1931, a Biological-Pedagogical Institute (later, the Institute of Natural Sciences) was established in the city of Tel Aviv in British Mandatory Palestine.

Four years later, in 1935, a second institute—the School of Law and Economics—opened there, as well.

In 1954, the Academic Institute of Jewish Studies was founded in the same city, now a part of the State of Israel.

Finally, in 1956, the three aforementioned research institutes were combined—along with a new library and several new academic and administration buildings—to create the modern Tel Aviv University (TAU).

Today, TAU comprises nine separate faculties, eight schools, and more than 130 research institutes and centers. The student body numbers more than 26,000 individuals.

TAU is associated with one Nobel laureate–the physicist, François Englert and one Turing Award winner–Adi Shamir.

Other notable TAU–connected individuals include the following:

  • Mathematicians, Noga Alon, Shoshana Kamin, Boris Tsirelson, Michael Krivelevich, Boris Trakhtenbrot & Joseph Bernstein
  • Computer scientists, Micha Sharir, Yossi Matias & Shmuel Safra
  • Astrophysicist, Mario Livio
  • Physicists, Yuval Ne’eman, Yakir Aharonov, Lev Vaidman & Leonard Susskind
  • Chemist, Abraham Nitzan
  • Microbiologist, Nahum Sonenberg
  • Geneticist, Karen Avraham
  • Plant geneticist, Daniel Chamovitz
  • Computational biologist, Aviv Regev
  • Psychologist and author, Dan Ariely
  • Historians, Yisrael Friedman, Benjamin Isaac & David S. Katz
  • Linguists, Paul Wexler & Ghil’ad Zuckermann
  • Economist, Ariel Rubinstein
  • Sociologist, Aviad Raz
  • Archaeologist, Israel Finkelstein
  • Poet, Natan Yonatan
  • Graphic novelist and screenwriter, Etgar Keret
  • Classicist, Raphael Freundlich
  • Composers, Leon Schidlowsky & Simon Shaheen
  • Playwright and theater director, Hanoch Levin
  • Actor, Moni Moshonov
  • Filmmaker, Moshé Mizrahi
  • Film and TV director and screenwriter, Gideon Raff
  • Historian and diplomat, Itamar Rabinovich
  • Israeli general and politician, Benny Gantz
  • Former Israel Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon

What is Tel Aviv University known for?

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Computer Science
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Religious Studies
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Social Work
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Criminal Justice
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Earth Sciences
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Influential People

Who are Tel Aviv University's Most influential alumni?

Tel Aviv University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Computer Science, Political Science, and Law. Tel Aviv University’s most academically influential people include Adi Shamir, Yochai Benkler, and Eliyahu M. Goldratt.

Adi Shamir
Adi Shamir

Israeli cryptographer

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Yochai Benkler
Yochai Benkler

American legal scholar

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Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Israeli physicist and management guru

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Amotz Zahavi
Amotz Zahavi

Israeli evolutionary biologist

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Mario Livio
Mario Livio

Israeli-American astrophysicist

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Etgar Keret
Etgar Keret

Israeli and Polish writer and screenwriter

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Hanoch Levin

Israeli poet

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Dan Ariely
Dan Ariely

Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics

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Israel Finkelstein
Israel Finkelstein

Israeli archaeologist

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Ghil'ad Zuckermann
Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Linguist & academic

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Ilan Ramon
Ilan Ramon

Israeli fighter pilot and later the first Israeli astronaut

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Uri Sivan

Israeli physicist

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