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Eshel Ben-Jacob, 1952-2015

Thu, August 06, 2015

Eshel was a terrific scientist and wonderful person.  He was innovative in his approach to science, and broad in his interests, which ranged over the years from snowflakes to Josephson junctions to bacterial colonies to glial cells to the physics of cancer.  Eshel was instrumental in connecting Israel to ICAM, through a consortium branch of Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute for Science.  Eshel was a key figure in the history of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, both in its initial inception at UC San Diego and in its move to Rice University.  Eshel served as a co-mentor for the exchange award of Vladisov Volman, who later became a staff scientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla.

For those of us who knew Eshel, we will miss his extraordinary creativity, omnipresent smile, and boundless enthusiasm for science.  We mourn his loss deeply.


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