Born in Tel Aviv in 1949, Jacob Klein received his secondary education in England. After completing his military service in the IDF in 1970, he returned to the UK where he studied physics at Cambridge University. He received his B.A. in 1973, was elected fellow of St. Catharine's College in 1975, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in 1977. Prof. Klein did postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute from 1977-80, where he was appointed Senior Scientist in 1980. He worked jointly at the Physics Department at Cambridge as a University Demonstrator until 1984, when he was appointed Associate Professor at the Weizmann Institute. In 1987 he was named full Professor, and headed the Institute's Polymer Research Department during 1989 - 1991. He currently holds the Herman Mark Chair of Polymer Physics in the Materials and Interfaces Department. The recipient of several honours, including the Ford Prize for High Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society, he has served as Consultant to Exxon Research and Engineering Company. He was also a Visiting Professor at University of California at Santa Barbara, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Ecole Polytechnique Federal, Lausanne, Switzerland. He serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.
Prof. Klein has worked extensively on the physics of polymers and interfaces, using surface force balances to investigate static and dynamic force laws between interacting surfaces, especially steric, lubrication and frictional forces. He has also carried out extensive studies of surface and interfacial structure in polymeric systems using nuclear reaction analysis techniques at the Institute 3MV van de Graaff particle accelerator. His current research interests include issues of transport, wetting, surface interactions and nanotribology.
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