Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware


Zvi Hashin

The Composites community has lost a pioneer and a leader. We are sad to report the death of Professor Zvi Hashin on October 29, 2017. His seminal studies of the properties of heterogeneous media provided the foundation for a scientific approach to the analysis of material behavior. Development of these methods led to the design and use of composites tailored to specific performance objectives. His teaching expertise motivated the development of engineers to translate these new methods into construction of advanced structures for aerospace, automotive and marine applications. His work contributed dramatically to the growth of the composites industry.

Professor Hashin was a recipient of the Israel Prize, the Franklin Institute Medal, and the Engineering Science Medal, as well as an initial awardee of the University of Delaware’s Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ASME. He was a member of the IUTAM General Assembly and President of the Israel Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He was a prolific author and lecturer.

Dr. Walter Rosen, a fellow awardee of UD’s Medal of Excellence commented, “Professor Hashin was also a student of history, a lover of music, and a devourer of books – in Hebrew, English, or French. He was a family man and a person to treasure as a friend and companion. Talking with Zvi was always “knowledge in the making”.

Professor Hashin was born in Danzig, Germany in 1929, emigrated to Israel where he attended the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He received his Doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1957 and returned to join the faculty at The Technion. In 1959, he came to the US where he was a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a consultant to industry and Government. In the 1970s he returned to Israel and was the Founding Chairman of the Department of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures at Tel Aviv University.

Professor Hashin is survived by his wife, Tamar, their three children and five grandchildren.


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