Magda Ariel (1924 – 2021)

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Professor Magda Ariel, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, passed away on February 20, 2021. She was well-known for her work in instrumental analytical chemistry and electrochemistry. Magda Ariel was a very humble person, and a true pioneer who had to make her way in the then male-dominated Technion.

Magda Ariel was born in Stanisławów, Poland (in today's Ukraine) on July 21, 1924. She emigrated in 1933 and moved to Haifa. Starting at the age of 17, she took chemistry and physics courses at Technion as a free listener. She later enrolled in chemical engineering courses and graduated in 1947.

In 1949, after teaching chemistry at a high school, she started her graduate studies focusing on analytical methods. In 1953, she was selected for the Foreign Students Science Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, where she worked on modern instrumental analytical chemistry. Ariel then returned to Technion, where she became a Lecturer in 1955—one year before obtaining her Ph.D. degree. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1961, Associate Professor in 1966, and Full Professor in 1976.

Ariel's work focused on analytical and electrochemical trace analysis, including analytical flow systems, electroanalysis, flow-through detectors, and flow-injection analysis, among other topics. She served two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at Technion.

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