Dr. Noah Nissani

Born in Buenos Aires in 1922, to a Zionist, Revisionist, Classical Liberal family, who was involved in the life of the Jewish community and its institutions. His grandfathers, both Zionists and Hassidic religious Jews, emigrated to Argentina to take part in the Baron De Hirsch colonisation project, after his grandfather, Eliezer Nissensohn, participated in a delegation that was unsuccessful in obtaining Baron Rothschild's support for colonisation in Israel. His father, Dr. Isaac Nissensohn, was one of the founders of the Zionist Federation in Argentina and was its president in the 1920'. In 1943 he was elected chairman of the New Zionist Organisation in Latin America. His mother, Sofia Rachel Rabinovich de Nissensohn, founded the WIZO branch of Argentina and was its president for decades. His brother, Efraim Luz (Nissensohn), was a foreign volunteer in the Israeli War of Independence (1948).

In 1935, Nissani founded an apolitical Zionist youth movement named "Avuka", and in 1937 he joined Betar movement. In 1944, he was elected as chairman of the Argentine branch of the Union Revisionist Zionists (URZ), and as the head of the anti-Nazi, democratic underground cell of the Faculty of Engineering at Buenos Aires University. In 1963, he immigrated to Israel with his wife, two sons and daughter and today he has ten grandchildren. He taught mathematics and physics in high schools at Dimona and Sde-Boker and was the first principal of Yerucham high school. He continued his studies and received a BSc. degree in mathematics, physics and education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MSc. and Ph.D. in physics from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where he also worked as lecturer and researcher. He wrote a book entitled "Gravitation" written in collaboration with Prof. Moshe Carmeli and Dr. Elhanan Leibowitz, as well as many papers presenting scientific innovations.

Dr. Noah Nissani passed away on March 30th, 2008.


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