Dan Shechtman (born 24 January 1941) is an Israeli scientist. He received the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals.

Life and Career

He was born on 24 January 1941, in Tel Aviv, Israel. His early education laid the foundation for his later achievements in the field of science. He attended the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, where he pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in materials engineering. His fascination with the properties of materials and crystal structures became a guiding force in his academic and professional life.

Shechtman earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion in 1966. He continued his education at the Technion, completing his Master’s degree in Materials Engineering in 1968. Subsequently, he earned his Doctorate in Materials Engineering in 1972.

After completing his education, Shechtman worked as an engineer at the Israel Institute of Metals. He then spent time in the United States as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) from 1972 to 1973.

Shechtman returned to Israel and joined the Technion, where he held various academic positions.

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