Werner Israel, OC FRSC FRS (born October 4, 1931) is a world renowned physicist, author, researcher, and professor at the University of Victoria.
Born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, he first received his B.Sc. in 1951 and later his M.Sc. in 1954 from the University of Cape Town. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in 1960 from Trinity College, Dublin.
In 1990, together with Eric Poisson, Israel pioneered the study of black hole interiors and, following up a suggestion of Roger Penrose, discovered the phenomenon of mass inflation (which should not be confused with inflationary cosmology).
He is a Fellow in the cosmology programme of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Until his retirement in 1996 he was a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Alberta. In 1996 he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria. Together with Stephen Hawking, he has coedited two volumes.1972: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
1974-75: Sherman-Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, CALTECH
1981: Medal of Achievement in Physics of Canadian Association of Physicists
1983: University of Alberta Research Prize in Natural Sciences and Engineering
1984: Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Prize
1986: Fellow of the Royal Society, London
1986-91: Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
1994: Officer of the Order of Canada