Meet our Faculty Prof. Raphael Mechoulam

Prof. Raphael Mechoulam

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Raphael Mechoulam, cann10, cannabis cbd
  • 1930 Born Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sc. in Biochemistry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Army Service
  • D. studies with Professor F. Sondheimer, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot. Research on steroid synthesis.
  • Postdoctoral research at Rockefeller Institute, New York. Research on structure of triterpenes.
  • Junior and later Senior Scientist, Weizmann Institute. Research on the chemistry of natural products, including cannabinoids, terpenes, alkaloids.
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem; 1968 – Associate Professor; 1972 –Professor.
  • Endowed chair: Lionel Jacobson Professor of Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Rector (Academic Head) of Hebrew University.
  • Pro-Rector, Hebrew University.
  • 1993-94 Visiting Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, USA.
  • 1999-2000 President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.
  • 2007-2013 Head, Natural Sciences Section, Israel Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests:
Chemistry and biological activity of natural products and synthetic drugs. Published ca. 420 scientific articles.


  • Somach Sachs Prize for “best research by a scientist below 35 at the Weizmann Institute”, 1964.
  • Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1982-1983.
  • “Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior” Nov. 1991 issue dedicated to R.Mechoulam. for achievements in the cannabinoid field.
  • Kolthof Prize in Chemistry, 1994, The Technion, Haifa.
  • Elected, Member Israel Academy of Sciences, 1994.
  • Ulf von Euler Lecture in Physiology, Karolinska Institute. Stockholm, Sweden, 1994,
  • Hanus Medal, 1998, by the Czech Chemical Society in recognition of contribution to cannabinoid chemistry.
  • David R. Bloom Prize, 1998, for “excellence in pharmaceutical research”, Hebrew University.
  • The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) establishes an annual award to be named The R. Mechoulam Annual Award in Cannabinoid Research, 1999.
  • Israel Prize in Exact Sciences – chemistry, 2000.
  • Ariens Award and Lecture. 2000. Dutch Pharmacological Society sponsored by Solvay Pharmaceuticals.  Amsterdam.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2001.
  • Elected, Honorary Member, Israel Society of Physiology and Pharmacology, 2002.
  • Heinrich Wieland Prize, to promote research on “lipids and related substances in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Clinical Medicine”, Munich, Germany, 2004.
  • Henrietta Szold Prize for achievements in medical research, Tel-Aviv Municipality, June 2005
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Complutense University, Madrid, 2006
  • ECNP (European College of Neuropsychopharmaclogy) Lifetime Achievement Award, Paris, 2006.
  • ICRS (International Cannabinoid Research Society) Special Award for lifetime achievements in the cannabinoid field, Cologne, Germany, 2007.
  • Israel Chemical Society Prize for excellence in research, Feb. 2009.
  • Hebrew University, Medical Faculty Prize for excellence in research, June 2010.
  • Eicosanoid Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, Seattle, Washington, September, 2011.
  • National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented by the Director of NIDA, NIH, Bethesda, September 2011.
  • Rothschild Prize by Keren Hanadiv (The Rothschild Family Foundation), Presented by Lord Rothschild in the Knesset, Jerusalem,  2012. 
  • EMET Prize –Presented by the Prime Minister of Israel, Jerusalem, November, 2012.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, Nov.2013
  • Charles Univ. Prague, Golden Medal Award, March 2015