Human Rights Activist
Victoria Buch was born in Poland in 1954, where her family remained after the Shoa of the second world war, in which her grandmother and aunt were murdered in the Treblinka extermination camp. After the Six Days War of 1967, a wave of antisemitism swept Poland, Victoria's parents lost their academic appointments and the family made Aliyah to Israel.
Victoria studied chemistry at the Hebrew University before her army service. During her enrollment she served as a liaison officer. After discharge, she started her graduate studies with Professor Robert (Benny) Gerber at the Fritz Haber Center. She graduated in the mid 80's and started a postdoc in Harvard, together with her husband Professor Ron Elber followed. In 1993 Buch started her tenure at the Fritz Haber Center in the Hebrew University where she obtained rank of full professor.
Research Interestes: Quantum-mechanical and classical simulations of many body systems. Structure and dynamics of weakly bonded clusters, particles and solids. Properties of ice and ice-adsorbate systems. Vibrational properties and spectra of condensed phases.
Among the years Buch divided her time between cutting edge science and humitarian work, fighting for human right causes, especially helping the Palestinian population in the Judea and Samaria area
She died of Cancer on June 21 2009.