Israeli Tech Briefs – U.S. President Awards Israeli for High-Tech Innovation

President Obama presents highest U.S. honor for technological achievement to Eli Harari, co-founder of SanDisk, whose company pioneered the use of flash computer storage technology.

By Amitai Ziv and TheMarker


SanDisk co-founder Eli Harari, whose company pioneered the use of flash computer storage technology, has won this year’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest U.S. honor for technological achievement.

“One month after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, Eli Harari came to America from Israel to study the effects of radiation on electronics in space,” U.S. President Barack Obama said at the award ceremony last week. “The physics he learned as a PhD student at Princeton led him to co-found SanDisk, and, eventually, to the creation and commercialization of flash storage technology.” Harari founded SanDisk with Sanjay Mehrotra, who is today the company’s CEO. (Amitai Ziv)

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Kaiima sets up U.S. unit in St. Louis

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