Professor Shlomo Bentin, a world expert in cognitive neuropsychology was killed on Friday in Berkley, California, after he was hit by a truck while cycling. He was 65 years of age when he died.
Bentin, professor of psychology at the Hebrew University, and recipient of this year’s Israel Prize, was also well known for his contribution to research implementation in various fields, from improvements in the teaching of reading, to improvements in clinical medicine.
Bentin was born in Romania in 1946, and immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of 12. He married his childhood sweetheart, Miri, and had three children.
Bentin began his studies of psychology and mathematics at Tel Aviv University, and after graduating with honors, studied behavioral biology at the Haifa Technion. He then joined the Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem where he directed the psychophysiological laboratory, while completing his Ph.D in neurobiology. In 1983 he began to teach at the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, and was appointed senior lecturer in 1987. At the beginning of the 1990s, Bentin was appointed Associate Professor at the psychology department, becoming full professor in 1994.
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