Prof. Sir Aaron Klug, FRS

Aug 11, 1926 — Nov 20, 2018

Prof. Sir Aaron Klug, a Life Member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute passed away on November 20, 2018; he was 92.
Prof. Klug is considered a pioneer in world of biophysics. Together with Rosalind Franklin, he developed the technology of crystallographic electron microscopy, which then enabled him to produce – for the first time – 3D images of assemblies of molecules and biological complexes. This technology served as a foundation for many other innovations, such as X-ray CT scans, and was the basis for him winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1982.
Prof. Klug was knighted in 1988, and received the Order of Merit in 1995. He chaired the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge (1986-1995), and later became the President of the Royal Society (1995-2000). He was among the proponents of initial studies that eventually led to the success of the Human Genome Project.
Prof. Klug was elected to the Institute’s Board of Governors in 1984, and in 2009, he became a Life Member of the International Board. For nearly three decades, he served as a member of the Institute’s Scientific and Academic Advisory Committee. For his seminal contribution to science and humanity in general and to the Weizmann Institute in particular, the Institute had the honor of bestowing upon him the title of PhD honoris causa in 1996.
Our condolences go out to his wife of 70 years, Liebe, his son, Prof. David Klug, and their family.