Tel Aviv University

#132
Most Influential School

Israeli University in Tel Aviv

About Tel Aviv University

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

According to Wikipedia, Tel Aviv University is a public research university in Tel Aviv, Israel. With over 30,000 students, it is the largest university in the country. Located in northwest Tel Aviv, the university is the center of teaching and research of the city, comprising 9 faculties, 17 teaching hospitals, 18 performing arts centers, 27 schools, 106 departments, 340 research centers, and 400 laboratories.

What Is Tel Aviv University Known For?

Tel Aviv University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Tel Aviv University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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, Business, and Political Science. Here are some of Tel Aviv University's most famous alumni:

Sara Netanyahu
Sara Netanyahu
A Spouse of the 9th Prime Minister of Israel.
Gabriel Barkay
Gabriel Barkay
An Israeli archaeologist.
Avi Beker
An Israeli writer, statesman, and professor.
Ariella Azoulay
An Artist.
Moshe Kaplinsky
Moshe Kaplinsky
An Israeli general.
Mirza Khazar
Mirza Khazar
An Azerbaijani writer.
Shlomo Bentin
Shlomo Bentin
An Israeli neuropsychologist.
Aviem Sella
An Israeli spy and businessman.
Aviad Raz
An Israeli sociologist.
Avi Hasson
Avi Hasson
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Aluf Benn
Aluf Benn
An Israeli journalist.
Benny Sudakov
Benny Sudakov
A Mathematician.