"November Revolution" - The full synthesis accepted today as “the standard model” of six quarks and six leptons
A rapporteur talk, delivered in August 1975, at the Stanford International Particle Physics conference, in which, for the first time ever, the full synthesis accepted today as “the standard model” of six quarks and six leptons has been presented. The short relevant section which presents the model is linked here, followed by the full talk, which includes discussions of several other topics.
In 1979 Harari proposed a simple model, according to which all quarks and leptons consist of various combinations of only two fundamental building blocks of matter, named “Rishons”. The model is striking in its simplicity, explains the systematic pattern but cannot explain the dynamics of creating the composite quarks and leptons. To date, there is no evidence for quark and lepton compositeness and most theoretical attempts proceed in entirely different directions. There is also no evidence against compositeness and no successful alternative explanation for the observed patterns. The "Rishons", if they exist, may play a role in the processes of the early universe, including the genesis of the Baryon number of the universe (matter-antimatter asymmetry) and the cosmological dark matter puzzle.
In 2008 the Israel prize was awarded to the national Perach mentoring and tutoring project. The Weizmann Institute, where the project was born, held a festive session, on that occasion, and the story (or "fairy tale") of the birth of the Perach project was then told.
HEMDA Science Teaching Center in Tel-Aviv - a unique platform
In 1987 Harari initiated and led the establishment of the "Hemda" Science Teaching Center in Tel-Aviv. In that Center, most high school students from the entire city of Tel-Aviv, who choose the highest level of Physics and Chemistry, take their entire science courses, taught by Ph.D. or M.Sc. teachers, using first-class labs, equipment, and facilities. The center continues to flourish, catering to well over 1000 Physics and Chemistry high school students. Harari has served, for twenty years, until 2007, as Chairman of the Board of Hemda.
A National plan for advancing Math, Science and Technology Education in the Israeli school system - "Tomorrow 98"
In 1991 the Minister of Education of Israel appointed a national panel, headed by Harari, to chart a plan for advancing Math, Science and Technology Education in the Israeli school system. In 1992 the panel submitted a report, entitled "Tomorrow 98". It was adopted in full by three consecutive Ministers of Education and was largely implemented between 1992 and 1997. However, in 1998, significant parts of the program were abandoned by the then-new minister, who did not think that science education was a priority.
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Upon being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a letter of thanks was sent and it has been included in a small collection of such letters on display at the academy, a unique recognition.
President's Report - 53rd Annual General Meeting of the Board of Governors
The final president report, delivered to the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute, in November 2001, at the end of the 13-year presidency of the institute. The report summarizes the achievements and events of that period.
In 2004, Prof. Haim Harari awarded the EMET Prize for Education for his contribution and innovation in science education, "... His significant contribution to imparting science to all students in the educational system led to a breakthrough in national action in the field of educational activity.
Chairman of the Executive Committee, Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Austria
In 2006 Harari has been approached by the Austrian scientific community in order to help create, near Vienna, an entirely new Institute of basic Research, largely modeled along the lines of the Weizmann Institute. He chaired the International Committee that established the blueprint for the new Institute, contributed significantly to the preparation of a law enacted by Parliament, defining the structure of the new Institute, was elected to its first Board of Trustees, appointed Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board and Chair of the Search Committee for the first president and served, from December 2006 till September 2009, as the person holding the responsibility of an acting president, during the creation of the Institute. In September 2009, Professor Tom Henzinger became the first president of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and Harari remains as chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.