Established in 1969, Ben Gurion University formerly called as the University of the Negev is with the aim of promoting the development of the Negev desert that comprises more than sixty percent of Israel. The University was inspired by the vision of Israels founder and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region. After Ben-Gurions death in 1973, the University was renamed as Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. As of today, Ben-Gurion University is a major center for teaching and research with close to 20,000 students. Major research institutes include the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research with the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism. The directors of Ben Gurion University are Dr. A. Mark Clarfield and Dr. Richard J. Deckelbaum. Keynoted for its ever-youthful spirit of innovation, dedication to multidisciplinary studies as well as research, and exceptional devotion to the community, it has been said that everyone with a dream, with initiative, and a willingness to work can find a place and succeed at Ben-Gurion University. Most of the students are from the United States, with several from Canada and other countries.
The following is the list of scholars from Ben Gurion University of Negev who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences