Itzhak Bentov

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Itzhak Bentov (1923 – May 25, 1979) was a Czech-born Israeli scientist, inventor, mystic and author. He was an early exponent of what has come to be referred to as consciousness studies.


Bentov was born in Czechoslovakia and moved to Israel. In Israel, Bentov was part of the Science Corps within the Israeli Defense Forces, a military branch known by the Hebrew acronym HEMED, where he designed Israel's first rocket for the War of Independence. HEMED had to make improvised weapons as there was a worldwide embargo on selling weapons to the Jewish state.

After the war, Bentov moved to America where he followed his passion as an inventor. By profession he was a mechanical engineer specialising in Biomedical Engineering and instrumentation.[1][2] He is credited with the invention of the remote controlled cardiac catheter (US Patent Sep., 1971 Bentov.)

Bentov and his innovations were incorporated into the founding (along with John Abele and Peter Nicholas) and early growth of Medi-Tech Corporation and later Boston Scientific.

In his work Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness (1977) he describes his theory of The Continuous Big Bang Universe a form of Eternal return. (Its title was a play on that of Euell Gibbons' popular 1962 book Stalking the Wild Asparagus.)

He died in the American Airlines Flight 191 disaster at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on May 25, 1979.[citation needed]

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