Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan

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orn to a Zionist family, Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan began studying natural sciences at Moscow University in 1918 and earned a degree in botany from the University of Romania in 1923 before following her family to Palestine. By 1926 she joined the Institute of Agriculture and Natural History in Tel Aviv, and in 1929 she started teaching genetics at Hebrew University, where she was the only genetics professor for two decades. In 1931, with her longtime collaborators Alexander Eig and Michael Zohary, she published the first comprehensive analysis of plants in Hebrew. Although she earned her PhD in 1938, Feinbrun was not made an associate professor until 1960. Nevertheless, she continued working as an active researcher, respected teacher, and prolific author into her 90s and was honored with the Israel Prize in 1991.

Botanist Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan was one of the first women who became part of the academic staff at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a rarity in the days when very few women had scientific careers, not only locally but also worldwide. For more than six decades she studied the flora of Israel and published dozens of articles and several analytical flora books. At the age of 91 she received the 1991 Israel Prize for her unique contribution to Land of Israel studies.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationJewish Women – A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia
EditorsPaula Hyman, Dalia Ofer
Place of PublicationJeruslaem
PublisherShalvi Publishing
StatePublished - 2006


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