Aaron Aaronsohn - Botanist, Agronomist, Entrepreneur, Zionist Leader and Head of the Nili Underground Organization

Historical Figures

Aaron Aaronsohn (1876-1919)

Aaron Aaronsohn, known as the “first Israeli scientist”, discovered the wild wheat (the “mother of wheat”) in 1906. He believed that investigating the properties of wheat could lead to improved crops, help create crops resistance to diseases and dry weather and enable wheat cultivation in difficult areas. Thus, according to his vision, wheat crops could be doubled and tripled, thereby reducing the threat of famine throughout the world. Today his discovery is more important than ever, because of climate changes and global warming.

Scientific advice: Prof. Ran Aaronsohn, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem