Chaim Weizmann, 1874 – 1952

July 27, 1920: Chaim Weizmann was elected president of the World Zionist Organization.  Weizmann was the first President of Israel, elected on February 16, 1949 and served in this capacity until his death in 1952.  Weizmann was also a biochemist who developed the acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation process, which produces acetone through bacterial fermentation.

Pictured here is a stamp issued by the Israel Post Office commemorating Weizmann.

Stamp_of_Israel_-_President_Dr._Weizmann_-_110mil

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