Yehudith Birk, 1926 - 2013: Wife, mother and scientist
In 1970 a reporter for Davar wondered: 'How does Prof. Yehudith Birk fulfill so many roles?' The mass circulation daily Ma’ariv wrote of her that she was 'like any society woman, only a bit more intelligent.' Her research on plants has given rise to treatments for HIV, multiple sclerosis and cancer.
In September of 1970 a report about Prof. Yehudith Birk was published in the now defunct labor movement newspaper Davar under the headline “A woman in science.” Prof. Birk is not only a research scientist,” wrote the reporter. “She is also a lecturer at the agriculture faculty, the wife of Prof. Meir Birk, the mother of two sons, and a housewife and hostess in her home in the Weizmann Institute faculty housing...
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