Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award 2011 Winner

Jacob Klein
Weizmann Institute of Science

Awarded for his discoveries and seminal contributions to the physical chemistry of soft matter and interfaces, in particular to the dynamic properties and interactions of confined simple and polymeric molecules.

About the Winner

Jacob Klein, born 1949, is the Herman Mark Professor of Polymer Physics at the Weizmann Institute in Israel.  Klein gained his BA in Physics at the University of Cambridge, where in 1977 he also received his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory. He did his postdoc at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, and from 1980-1984 was a Senior Scientist at the Weizmann Institute and a University Demonstrator at the Cavendish Laboratory. 

In 1984 he was appointed Professor at the Weizmann Institute (full Professor from 1987), and subsequently headed its Polymer Research department and was Chairman of its Scientific Council. From 2000-2007 Klein was the Dr. Lee's Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Head of its Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory (2000-2005). His interests in soft matter have ranged from the dynamics and interfacial properties of polymers to the behaviour of confined fluids and biological lubrication, and, more recently, tissue engineering. Klein has published over 200 papers, including over 20 in Science and Nature. 

His honours include the Charles Vernon Boys Prize of the Institute of Physics, UK (1984), the High Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society (1995) and the 2010 Prize of the Israel Chemical Society. In 2009, he received an ERC Advanced Grant.    

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