Professor and Nobel Prize Winner, Daniel Shechtman, Announces Run for President of Israel

Professor Daniel Shechtman (Photo: screenshot)
Professor Daniel Shechtman (Photo: screenshot)

Israeli professor and scientist Daniel Shechtman, who teaches at the Israel Institute of Technology, won Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2011.

Professor and scientist Daniel Schectman, who teaches at The Israel Institute of Technology, announced that he is running for president of Israel on Friday on Channel 1 news.

During his interview, he was asked about his lack of experience in the political arena. Shechtman responded and said that just because he doesn’t have experience doesn’t mean he doesn’t have vision.

He said his desire to be president comes from being a Zionist.

Shechtman won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2011 for discovering quasicrystals, which have non-repeating patterns the prize committee described as “fascinating mosaics of the Arabic world reproduced at the level of atoms.”

Shechtman was born 1941 in Tel Aviv, and earned his Ph.D. at the Technion in 1972.

The presidential elections will be held this summer, as current president Shimon Peres will be stepping down on July 27.

Currently, the only definite candidates are Likud MK Reuven Rivlin, who lost to Peres seven years ago, and Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. Hatnua faction chairman Meir Sheetrit also wants to run.

Candidates need to announce their candidacy and submit the signatures of 10 MKs who support them two weeks before the race.

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