Avshalom Elitzur

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Avshalom Elitzur
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A. Elitzur in 2009
Born (1957-05-31) May 31, 1957 (age 63)
Alma mater Tel Aviv University (Ph.D.)
Awards Noetic Medal (2010)
Scientific career
Fields quantum mechanics
Institutions Weizmann Institute of Science
Tel Aviv University
Bar-Ilan University
Thesis Time's Passage and the Time-Asymmetries (1999)
Doctoral advisor Yakir Aharonov
Website a-c-elitzur.co.il/site/siteHomePage.asp

Avshalom Cyrus Elitzur (Hebrew : אבשלום כורש אליצור; born 30 May 1957) is an Israeli physicist and philosopher. [1]



Avshalom Elitzur was born in Kerman, Iran, to a Jewish family. When he was two years old, his family immigrated to Israel and settled in Rehovot. He left school at the age of sixteen and began working as a laboratory technician at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. Elitzur received no formal university training before obtaining his PhD.

Elitzur was a senior lecturer at the Unit for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. He is noted for the Elitzur–Vaidman bomb-testing problem in quantum mechanics, which was publicised by Roger Penrose in his book Shadows of the Mind .

In 1987, he published his book: Into the Holy of Holies: Psychoanalytic Insights into the Bible and Judaism. During that same year, he was invited to present an unpublished manuscript on quantum mechanics at an international conference in Temple University in Philadelphia. Consequently, he was later invited by Yakir Aharonov of Tel Aviv University, the doyen of physicists in Israel, to write a doctoral thesis on the subject. He was the chief editor of natural sciences in Encyclopaedia Hebraica. In 2008, he was a visiting professor at Joseph Fourier University.

Elitzur is the founder of the Iyar, The Israeli Institute for Advanced Research. [2]

Elitzur had a relationship with journalist Timura Lessinger, with whom he has a daughter.


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The medal

In 2010, Elitzur won the Noetic Medal of Consciousness and Brain Research for his contributions to cosmology of mind and Quantum Theory. [3]

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  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2012-03-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Iyar, The Israeli Institute for Advanced Research (English) Archived October 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. The 2010 Noetic Medal awarded to Israeli Physicist Avshalom C. Elitzur