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Rice University also says goodbye to Prof. Eshel Ben-Yaakov - "one of the world's greatest experts on biocomplexity"

At Rice University, Ben-Yaakov and his colleagues focused on finding ways to utilize the social behavior and the decision-making process of cancer cells to develop new treatments that would be smarter about the disease. Prof. Ben-Yaakov was laid to rest last night (Monday).

The late Prof. Eshel Ben-Yaakov. Photo: Rice University
The late Prof. Eshel Ben-Yaakov. Photo: Rice University

Prof. Eshel Ben-Yaakov, who died on Friday at his home in Tel Aviv, was laid to rest this evening.

His contribution to science is highlighted in the announcement that Rice University published on its news site about the sudden passing of Prof. Eshel Ben-Yaakov who, in addition to his duties at Tel Aviv University, also served as a senior researcher at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) at Rice University and as a pioneer in the study of the intelligence of bacteria and their social behavior.

Below is the text of the message:

"Ben-Yaakov was one of the world's leading experts in the field of biocomplexity, the theory of reorganization and the creation of patterns in open systems. The long-term collaboration with CTBP Associate Director Herbert Levin began in the mid-25s, when they each worked separately on a mathematical answer to the age-old question of why snowflakes have six lobes and a unique crystal pattern. After solving this problem, Ben-Yaakov began to investigate the self-organization in bacterial colonies and during the last XNUMX years Noah developed and studied new species of pattern-forming bacteria.

Ben-Yacob joined CTBP in 2005 when founder Levin, , Jose Unochik and Peter Valins were recruited to the BRC to expand the groundbreaking biological research into cancer research and treatments. Bryce Ben Yaakov joined his colleagues at CTBP in focusing on ways to utilize the social behavior and decision-making process of cancer cells to develop new treatments that will be smarter about the disease.
Ben-Yaakov was the Head of Complex Systems, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a member of the Segol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University.
The many awards and contribution to science led to his election in 2014 to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest scholarly society in the USA. He won the Landau Prize in 1986, the Ziegl Prize of the Israel Academy of Sciences in 1996, and the Weizmann Prize for Exact Sciences in 2013. Ben-Yaakov was also the president of the Israel Physical Society He also served as the chairman of the Ministry of Education's advisory council for physics studies. 

As we mentioned yesterday, Prof. Ben-Yaakov served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Scientific Education in Tel Aviv (Hamad'a).


For information on the Rice University website

One response

  1. Eshel Ben-Yaakov also supported the dialogue between philosophy and science, and was supposed to participate in a conference I am organizing at the Cohen Institute for the Study of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. A dear man who supported my works during the last years.

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