Shlomo Bentin died in a traffic accident on July 13th 2012. Shlomo was an amazing man and had a great impact not only on psychological and brain science but also directly on the lives of so many people. He had a unique passion for life and for scientific discovery. He was a strong man with a soft heart and his exuberant presence was always felt and admired.

This blog is a place where people can share their experiences and memories of Shlomo. He was an extremely lively man who cherished his family, friends, work and academic accomplishments and we hope this blog will help to celebrate his life as he always did. To contribute, please send your text to Ani Flevaris and Ayelet Landau directly or at remembering.shlomo[at]

Saturday, July 28, 2012

From Boaz Sadeh

I had the great honor of meeting and knowing Shlomo back in Israel, and later on in Berkeley. The lab I did my thesis in, and Shlomo's lab, worked on similar research fields and often with similar methods. One could fear a potential rivalry in this case, but as soon as we met, Shlomo rapidly became a friend, a colleague, and that grand expert that willingly shared knowledge, smiles and homemade cookies. It was all so natural, as Shlomo used to start any conversation with a frank inquiry after your news and went on with endless adventure stories (you wouldn't want them to end) of his latest travels, research exploits and family. In his scientific making as well as in social interaction he skillfully combined an old fashioned noble character with a cheerful and playful attitude. And just when you thought you've heard it all about Shlomo, you discovered more. That he speaks French, that he's now also into Theory of Mind...  He really was full of surprises.  

When my wife an I moved to Berkeley, Miri and Shlomo knew just how to give us the warm welcome and valuable orientation we could use, and during the past months Shlomo would call me periodically just to check on me and make sure all is well. With all the differences between us in position and age, he treated me as an equal. As a friend.  

There's a lesson for us all to be learned from this man. A lesson on how profundity can go hand in hand with humor. Stature with kindness. Hobbies with work. Self confidence with tons of questions. Amusing stories about the past with serious plans for the future. Berkeley with Jerusalem. In his death, much like in his life, he leaves us full of wonder.

I am glad to have worked with you Shlomo, even if just a little. I am glad to have known you.

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