Reflections on physical chemistry: Science and scientists

Joshua Jortner*

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This is the story of a young person who grew up in Tel-Aviv during the period of the establishment of the State of Israel and was inspired to become a physical chemist by the cultural environment, by the excellent high-school education, and by having been trained by some outstanding scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and, subsequently, by the intellectual environment and high-quality scientific endeavor at the University of Chicago. Since serving as the first chairman of the Chemistry Department of the newly formed Tel-Aviv University he has been immersed in research, in the training of young scientists, and in intensive and extensive international scientific collaboration. Together with the members of his "scientific family" he has explored the phenomena of energy acquisition, storage and disposal and structure-dynamics-function relations in large molecules, condensed phase, clusters and biomolecules, and is looking forward to many future adventures in physical chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-35
Number of pages35
JournalAnnual Review of Physical Chemistry
StatePublished - 2006


  • Chemical and biological electron transfer
  • Dynamics of finite systems
  • Physical chemistry in Israel
  • Radiationless transitions
  • Structure-dynamics- function relations


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