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Prof. David Faiman to Receive David Ben-Gurion Award

Prof. David Faiman to Receive David Ben-Gurion Award

November 17, 2016

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Prof. Emeritus David Faiman, of BGU’s Alexandre Yersin Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics, has been announced as a recipient of the prestigious David Ben-Gurion Award.

The award, described as “Israel’s Nobel,” will be bestowed upon Prof. Faiman for his contributions to the field of environmental science, particularly in solar energy.

A Londoner who made aliyah in the 1970s, Prof. Faiman helped establish BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research “when the Institutes were just a few tin shacks in the middle of the Negev.”

Prof. David Faiman at Israel's National Solar Energy Center on BGU's Sede Boqer campus

Prof. David Faiman at Israel’s National Solar Energy Center on BGU’s Sede Boqer campus

He would go on to establish the University’s Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics, and was the first director of the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center.

At BGU, he became a pioneer in solar energy, working on photovoltaics as well as other forms of renewable energy. Most recently, Prof. Faiman was Israel’s representative at the International Energy Agency where he co-edited four volumes in its series Energy From the Desert.

Prof. Faiman’s current research focuses on greatly increasing the proliferation of renewable energies — particularly solar and wind energy — into the world’s systems of electricity.