ICE | The Israel Chemist and Engineer

62 The Israel Chemist and Engineer Issue 1, September 2015, Tishrei 5776 Profiles When Ed Narevicius was ten years old, he would head to the kitchen in his house in Vilnius, Lithuania, and attempt to trigger chemical reactions with his mother’s baking ingredients. Twice he accidentally started a fire. “My parents supported my interest in chemistry,” he laughs as he recalls that time. “Now that I have my own children I admire their patience! “Decades later, Narevicius, 42, has a Ph.D., leads his own lab at Weizmann Institute in Israel, and is still fascinated by chemistry, although now instead of working with high temperature reactions he has gone to the other extreme of Profile of Ed Narevicius: Recipient of 2014 ICS Prize for the Outstanding Young Scientist by Simone Somekh testing reactions taking place near absolute zero. Coming from a mixed background, he visited Israel on a one- month program during high school and was deeply fascinated by the contrast with his native country. “I was struck by the freedom of action,” he says. After spending one year learning Hebrew in a kibbutz, Narevicius began his academic journey at the Technion, where he started researching with Prof. Nimrod Moiseyev while he was still an undergraduate student. “He taught me a course in quantum mechanics, and I got fascinated by the curious world where atoms and molecules Photo by Simone Somekh