The Ridgefield Foundation

The Ridgefield Foundation sponsors the Henry J. Leir Professor of International Trade currently held by Dr. William Rapp. Dr. Rapp has used additional support from the Ridgefield Foundation to offer annual Leir Prizes awarded to the best research proposals from SOM faculty and to support SOM's multimedia lab. We are grateful to The Ridgefield Foundation and to Dr. Rapp for their continued generosity.

The Henry J. Leir Foundation

Dr. h.c. Henry J. Leir 1900-1998 Known internationally as a key industrialist, Mr. Leir made a fortune in metals and mining in Germany and in Luxemburg before expanding to South Africa and Japan and establishing offices in Luxemburg, London, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Düsseldorf. Authority, perception, clarity. And while this entrepreneurial success is a critical part of Mr. Leir’s story, it is perhaps more important to know that he was born on 28 January 1900, in Beuthen, Germany, and left his business concerns in his native country in 1933, pragmatic and insightful enough to see what the Nazi party would do to his fellow Jews. More astonishing still is an even earlier defining crisis: Mr. Leir lost his father at the age of eleven and then stepped firmly into the role of pater familias for his Mother and six siblings. Read More...

The Henry J. Leir Professorial Chair ADDRESS: Department of Physics of Complex Systems, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.