Halperin, Haim

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HALPERIN, HAIM (1895–1973), agronomist. Halperin was born in Russia and studied agriculture at the University of Kharkov, immigrating to Ereẓ Israel in 1924. He was a delegate to several Zionist congresses and founded the Ruppin Agricultural College and the Israel Agricultural Bank. On the foundation of the State he was appointed the first director-general of the Ministry of Agriculture. He was professor of agricultural economics at the Hebrew University and was for a time dean of the faculty. His Agrendum was translated into Japanese, among other languages. Halperin was the husband of Beba *Idelson. He was awarded the Israel Prize in 1973 and died shortly after.