Ron Folman was born in Tel Aviv in 1963 and has been with Ben-Gurion University since 2003, working on both theory and experiment.
Ron started his academic career rather late after spending quite a number of years as a jet pilot, volunteer teacher in an impoverished town in the middle of the desert, and human rights activist. His BSc was in the Open University. He did his MSc at the Weizmann Institute of Science, studying phenomenological effects in Quark-Gluon-Plasma. He then moved on for his PhD to search for the Higgs Boson at CERN (home institute still Weizmann). Ron changed direction to quantum optics when he was invited for a Post Doc with Anton Zeilinger. He later became a European Marie Curie Fellow in Heidelberg with Joerg Schmiedmayer until he joined Ben-Gurion where he built an atom chip laboratory (www.bgu.ac.il/atomchip).
Ron was one of those who developed the concept of the atom chip, and the name was coined in one of his papers on the topic. He has devoted considerable effort in this direction in the past decade in order to help realize a tool which will enable deeper experimental insight into the quantum realm.
At Ben-Gurion University Ron established the first nano-fabrication facility of its kind with dedicated expertise in chips for quantum optics, hosting quantum particles such as neutral atoms, ions, molecules, photons and electrons, and combinations thereof (www.bgu.ac.il/nanofabrication).
In addition to the above, Ron has published studies on a wide variety of subjects such as the theory of Tachyon signals, carbon nano tubes, engineering of lasers and frequency locks and practical considerations for quantum computing. Ron is also fond of science education and related topics. He has designed a science museum, led a TV series on scientific effects and taught philosophy of creativity in Israel’s art academy — Bezalel.