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July 03, 1981 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-03

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Friday, July 3, 1981 21

Scientific 'Magic Show' at the Paul Borman Home Explains
Holograms, Optical Lasers Developed at Weizmann Institute

Science and the most im-
Invitees that night to a
pressive latest advances in "Magic Show" may have
the use of lasers and optical been puzzled by the invita-
fibers were transformed tion of Paul and Marlene
into magic and became a Borman. It didn't take
fascination for a represen- long for the 75 in
tative gathering of affiliates attendance to be educated to
with the Detroit Friends of the theme by the guest
the Weizmann Institute of speaker, Dr. Asher Friesem.
Science at the home of Mr. The background of the
and Mrs. Paul Borman in eminent physicist is impor-
Birmingham, June 25.
tant for a full appreciation

Decision on Embargo Due

/eagan Administration
will have to make a decision
by the middle of July on
whether or not to lift its
suspension of the shipment
of the four F-16s to Israel.
State department sources
said this is because six more
F-16s are scheduled to be
shipped to Israel on July 17.
It is conceivable that all 10
planes might be sent at that
Meanwhile, delivery of
other arms scheduled for
shipment to Israel began
Wednesday in compliance
with President Reagan's,
promise that the embargo
applies only to the four
spokesman Dean Fischer
stressed that the "review"
being conducted by the Ad-
ministration and Congress
on whether Israel violated
the arms agreement with
the United States when it
used American weapons to
destroy the Iraqi nuclear
reactor June 7 affected only
the four F-16s.
He said that no decision
had been made on the six
F-16s due to be delivered in
July. He said all arms ship-
ped abroad must technically
be approved by the Ad-
ministration just before the
scheduled date of shipment.

Saunders Sees
Little Change
After Election

Harold Saunders, Assistant
Secretary of State for Near
Eastern and South Asian
Affairs in the Carter Ad-
ministration, predicted this
week that no matter who
won the elections in Israel it
would not "produce an easy
job" for American officials
who want to "press forward"
with the Middle East peace
Answering questions at a
luncheon of the Women's
National Democratic Club,
Saunders explained that Is-
rael is not "united" over
what to do about the West
Sank and Gaza Strip and
any solution will result in a
"national trauma of some
He noted that the present
government of Premier
Menahem Begin may pro-
vide more difficulties in the
"long run" than the opposi-•
tion Labor Party because of
its claims to sovereignty
over the West Bank. Al-
though a strong rightwing
government might have a
greater capacity to deliver

He said the six planes will
be shipped "barring some
future decision" not to but
stressed that this is "not
part of the review process."
Fischer said that special
envoy Philip Habib will re-
turn to the Middle East
probably next week. The
spokesman said Habib
could not be credited with
the decision by the
Lebanese Christian militia
to turn over their patrols in
Zahle to 600 Lebanese
policemen. He said the deci-
sion was due to an effort by
Arab foreign ministers.
Fischer said the U.S. wel-
comes the move because it
"contributes to a diffusion of
tension." But he said that
the U.S. could not confirm
reports that the Syrians
moved their troops from
around Zahle, ending a
91-day siege of the Chris-
tian village or that the Sy-
rians have begun moving
some of their SAM-6 anti-
aircraft missiles out of

French Govt.
Names 3 Jews

PARIS (JTA) — Three
Jews, including a senior
member of the Communist
Party, were appointed to,jhe
new French government led
by Socialist Prime Minister
Pierre Mauroy. The 73-
year-old Minister of Indus-
try Pierre Dreyfus and 53-
year-old Minister of Justice
Robert Badinter belong to
the main stream of the
Socialist Party and are
active in Jewish affairs.
The third, 47-year-old
Charles Fitterman, ap-
pointed Minister of State in
charge of transport, is the
second highest ranking
member of the Communist
Party. He is one of the four
Communists who joined the
government coalition.

Judge Rebuked
for Bias Remark

The New York state Com-
mission of Judicial Conduct
has ordered a 68-year-old
upstate judge removed from
the bench after a lengthy
inquiry into a letter he
wrote to a motorist he ad-
dressed as "Kikie."

Judge Morgan Bloodgood
of Malta, in Sarasota
County, has 30 days to ap-
peal the ruling and
presumably will continue
serving in his $21,000 a
year part-time position
pending the outcome of the

of the magic of that evening.
Dr. Friesem was born
in pre-state Israel in 1936.
Coming to Detroit as a
youth, he was graduated
from Cass Technical
High School and received
his BS degree in electri-
cal engineering in 1958.
He earned his PhD de-
gree at the University of
Michigan in 1968.
He made aliya and he has
been professor of applied
physics at the Weizmann
Institute of Science since
1972. He is the first incum
bent of the Kleeman Chair
in optical science at the
Weizmann Institute.


For the past two years he
has been chairman of the Is-
rael Laser and Electro-
Optic Society. He is a fellow
of the Optical Society of
America, senior member of
the American Institute of
Electronic Engineers and
an affiliate of several other
honorary societies. He is the
holder of international pa-
tents and author of more
than 50 publications. He is
currently on sabbatical
from the Weizmann Insti-
tute at the University of
Michigan, where he is visit-
ing professor of electrical
and computer engineering
and is senior research
engineer in the radar and
optical division of the
Environmental Research
Institute of Michigan.
The background of the
eminent scientist serves to
explain the notable contri-
butions he has made to re-
cent scientific develop-
ments at the Weizmann In-
stitute, primarily in his role
as holder of the Kleeman
It has just been an-
nounced that increased
capabilities for data
processing, information
dimensional displays and
various aspects of media
and communications are
the focus of the newly-
established Peter and
Carola Kleeman Chair.
In his lecture at the Bor-
man home, Dr. Friesem ex-
plained the manner in
which he is exploring the
fundamental physical prin-
ciples underlying holog-
rams (three-dimensional
images recorded with laser
light) and optical fibers
(hair-thin strands of plastic,
glass or some other transpa-
rent, non-metallic material
which transmits light) and
their application in an in-
creasing number of spheres.
In the area of information
storage and retrieval — es-
sential to computer data
processing — Prof. Friesem,
in collaboration with the in-
stitute's polymer research
and plastics research de-
partments, has produced
both archival and erasable
holographic recording
materials capable of storing
as many as 50 pages within
the confines of a single mil-
He is presently inves-
tigating systems which

combine the use of a digital
computer with optical tech-
niques for restoring de-
focussed or smeared photo-
Using the basic princi-
ple of light wave interfer-
ence, by which three-
dimensional holograms
are formed, Prof.
Friesem has also pro-
vided the Israel Aircraft
Industry with a highly
sensitive system for the
non-destructive testing
of weak spots and flaws
in aircraft parts, and has
developed rapid, dry-
processing recording
materials to allow practi-
cal and convenient
evaluation of the stress
required to expose these
In the field of communica-
tions, Dr. Friesem is busy
perfecting techniques by
which an entire picture may
be transmitted simultane-
ously through a single opti-
cal fiber — a technique
which promises better and
faster pictorial communica-
tion than presently avail-
able with the expensive
bundles of thousands of
strands used in conven-
tional systems.
These were the details
that became a magical
theme at the exciting eve-
ning at which the Weiz-
mann Institute supporters
were re-introduced to the
notable achievements of the
Israel scientific institute
which ranks among the top
five institutions of its kind
in the world.
Joining the quests of De-
troit Chairman Paul Bor-
man were Norman Cohen,
national president of the
American Committee for
the Weizmann Institute of
Science; and Harold Hill,
executive vice president for
the American Committee.
Also in attendance was na-
tional Vice President
Daniel Honigman and the
members of the new Steer-
ing Committee for the
American Committee ac-
tivities in Detroit: Burton
Farbman, Marty Goldman,
Graham Orley, Norman
Pappas and Alvin Spector.
The progress made at
the Weizmann Institute in
recent decades, the many

hundreds of noted scien-
tists and staff members
and the candidates for
higher degrees attending
the Weizmann Institute
were elaborated upon by
National President Co-
The American Commit-
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central regional office in
Southfield to serve Detroit,
Cleveland, and other cities

in the Midwest. For infor-
mation, contact Martha An-
shan, 15565 Northland Dr.,
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