LEEUW, AVRAHAM DE (1898– ), Israeli hydraulic engineer. Born in Holland, de Leeuw immigrated to Palestine in 1924. Beginning in the Tel Aviv municipality, he became chief engineer of Palestine Potash Ltd., of Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd. (1936–49), and of the Tahal national irrigation and power scheme (1949–57). De Leeuw was director of and later adviser on soil conversion in Israel. From 1957 he was professor of civil engineering at the Technion, Haifa, and head of its hydraulics laboratory.

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