The 2010 Israel Prize in the earth sciences will be awarded to Prof. Yehoshua Kolodny of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar announced yesterday. The prize committee wrote that Kolodny deserved the award because of his studies on a wide variety of geochemical subjects and his many international achievements. Kolodny was born in 1936 in Pinsk; his family was deported to the Soviet Union until the end of World War II. They moved to Israel in 1948. He began his studies in geography at Hebrew University in the mid-1950s. From 1999 to 2002, he was dean of the earth sciences faculty. He retired in 2004, but continues to teach and mentor advanced students.
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