Robert and Renée Drake

Bob and Renée Drake first became involved with the Weizmann Institute in 1985, and Bob’s mother, Erica, received a PhD honoris causa from the Institute in 2000, and Bob received a PhD honoris causa in 2008. He is chairman of the European Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science and vice chairman of the Executive Board of the Institute. He is also a member of the Assets Committee, the Management Committee, and the Nominating Committee. The Drakes have given generously to many areas of science and infrastructure at the Institute, and established two professorial chairs. Bob and Renee live in The Netherlands and have four children.

Erica Drake first became involved with the Institute during the 1950s, through a personal connection in Argentina, to Prof. David Mirelman, today an emeritus professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry.