Israeli physicist Dr. Harry Zvi Tabor develops a new type of solar heater (dud shemesh in Hebrew), to produce hot water for households.

Six years later, Tabor and Lucien (Yehuda) and Yehudit Bronicki created a solar-powered turbine that uses an alternative liquid to move an electric generator even when the sun’s rays aren’t strong. They applied this innovation to geothermal energy with great success through their global company, Ormat.

Tabor, known as the father of Israeli solar energy, is credited with bringing Israel’s solar energy program to international prominence.

Harry Zvi Tabor with his isolar energy trap that absorbs solar rays and converts them into heat, 1955. Photo courtesy