ICE | The Israel Chemist and Engineer

60 The Israel Chemist and Engineer Issue 1, September 2015, Tishrei 5776 Profiles It only takes a few minutes of walking around Prof. Ronny Neumann’s chemistry lab at Weizmann Institute to breathe a remarkably international atmosphere. Students come from all parts of the world, and it’s common to hear them alternate between English, Italian, Hebrew, and Indian. This is not by chance – Neumann himself comes from a multicultural background and every time he hires new researchers he makes sure to recreate the international environment in which he grew up. “The teaching methods are different in each country,” says Profile of Ronny Neumann: Recipient of 2014 ICS Prize for the Outstanding Scientist by Simone Somekh Neumann, explaining that this results in different approaches to research. “For instance, I noticed that students from Ukraine are very attentive to the smallest details, while the Israelis tend to concentrate on the larger picture. It’s important for me to have both approaches in my lab.” Born in New York City in 1953 to Jewish immigrants from Germany and Switzerland, Neumann grew up in the States, curious about both history and science. After visiting Israel at the age of 16, he decided to move there as soon as he would graduate from high school. “While in the States people tended