I may not have agreed with his politics, but there is no question that this man contributed a great deal over the course of his life to Israel and to science in general.

JERUSALEM — Yuval Neeman, founder of Israel’s space program and a key figure in the nation’s nuclear efforts, died Wednesday, his daughter said. He was 80.

Neeman suffered a stroke earlier this week and was taken to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, where he died, the hospital said.

Neeman, a world-renowned nuclear physicist, also played a role in Israeli politics. In 1979, he was one of the founders of the hawkish Tehiya Party, which broke away from the ruling Likud in opposition to Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt. He served as science minister from 1990-92.

Born in 1925 in Tel Aviv, he studied at Israel’s Technion University, Imperial College in London, Advanced School for War Studies in Paris and received a Ph.D. from the University of London. He received Israel’s highest civilian honor, the Israel Prize, in 1969, for his work in the exact sciences.

Read the rest of the article about this man’s incredible life at the Washington Post.

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