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Meet Al Teich
A Scientist Who’s Always Focused on Changing the World for the Better

Al Teich's passion for science is matched by his love of photography.

Al Teich’s passion for science is matched by his love of photography.

Ever since he was a boy, Al Teich has had three interests: science, technology, and Israel. As the first person to chair the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)’s Board of Governors and serve as chair of the ASBSF Board of Directors at the same time, he now combines all those interests.

When asked about his dual role, Teich replies that he, “has a hard time saying no.” But ask others and they’ll tell you that his passion for science, plus his deep understanding of both American and Israeli cultures, make him a natural for these dual positions. To Teich, both organizations provide opportunities for the scientific communities in the United States and Israel to collaborate.

“Relative to its size, Israel has one of the largest scientific research investments in the world,” he said. “As far as science is concerned, the United States gets as much out of Israel as Israel gets out of the United States.”

Jill and Al Teich

Jill and Al Teich

Scientific partnerships have always interested Teich. As a student of physics and political science at M.I.T., he did his Ph.D. dissertation on scientific collaborations in Europe. This was the beginning of a career that has included teaching positions at George Washington University, the State University of New York, and Syracuse University. An expert on science and technology policy, he served as Director of Science Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. for more than 25 years.

When the U.S. State Department selected Teich to join the BSF Board, he jumped at the opportunity. He supported the creation of the American Friends of the BSF, to help raise awareness of the BSF in the United States. He has also helped sustain the smooth operation of the Board, which he sees as essential to BSF’s success.

One of his proudest accomplishments was helping to select Yair Rotstein as BSF’s executive director. “Yair has brought the BSF into the 21st Century, both technologically and in its mode of operation,” Teich said.