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]

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

From Oren Shriki

In the last few years I co-supervised together with Shlomo the PhD research of Itamar Lerner. This was a very unique opportunity for me to learn from Shlomo and be inspired by him. Itamar just submitted his PhD thesis this May and might be the last PhD student of Shlomo. The work involved both experimental and theoretical aspects and my contribution was mainly in the theoretical parts. Shlomo was highly involved in all the details of the theoretical work and his guidance and help were instrumental to important decisions we had to make along the way. When we wrote the papers he paid attention to every detail, from the overall structure of the paper to the terminology and wording that were used. His comments significantly improved the papers and I was always impressed by his thoroughness and skill. His high standards will surely serve as a role model for me. Our first paper with Shlomo after his untimely death was just published in PLoS ONE. It includes a dedication to his memory at the Acknowledgements section. (Here is a link to the paper:

Besides being a great scientist, Shlomo was a great person to collaborate with and had a very warm and direct personality. They say that the principles of teaching and mentoring are love and personal example. Shlomo definitely had both and his legacy will always inspire me. 

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