David Avnir is a Chemistry Professor at the Hebrew University where he received all his academic education, and is currently the Head of the Authority for Graduate Students in the Experimental Sciences, after ending his duties as Head of the Institute of Chemistry. His current scientific activities include organically doped metals, theoretical and experimental aspects of chirality, theoretical studies in symmetry, and sol-gel organic hybrid materials and biomaterials. Earlier major interests included fractal theory in chemistry and physics, and far-from-equilibrium phenomena such as chemically driven hydrodynamic instabilities. He has co-authored 350 papers, which are highly cited (ISI: h=60, ~15,000 citations; Scholar: h=65, ~21,000 citations). He was the first Chairman of the Board of the International Sol-Gel Society (ISGS) and is a co-founder of Sol-Gel Technologies, Inc. His latest recognitions are the Israel Chemical Society Prize (2011), and his placement on the Hebrew University's "Wall of the Innovators'' (2012), and receiving the Life Achievement Award of the ISGS (2103).