Maj.-Gen. Amos Horev Awarded

Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Horev, a former IDF chief scientist, has won the Israel Defense Prize for lifetime achievement.

Chana Ya'ar , | updated: 1:54 PM

Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Horev
Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Horev
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Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Horev, who served as chief of ordnance, Quartermaster General and Chief Scientist of the IDF, has won the Israel Defense Prize for lifetime achievement. President Shimon Peres presented the award Tuesday in a ceremony held at the presidential residence in Jerusalem.

Horev, born in Jerusalem in 1924, is a nuclear scientist and military expert. He became the first Israeli-born president of the Haifa-based Technion, Israel's world-renowned Institute for Technology in 1973, serving in the position until 1982.

From 1995 to 2001, Horev served as chairman of the board of directors of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the armament development authority for Israel's Defense Ministry.

He also served as director of numerous other companies, corporations and government-linked organizations, including Elscint, Bank Leumi Investment Company and Dan Hotels Corporation.

Most recently, Horev was appointed to the Turkel commission of inquiry into the Gaza flotilla raid which included the Turkish IHH-sponsored Mavi Marmara vessel in 2010.