Avshalom Elitzur

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Avshalom Elitzur
Avshalom Elitzur 2019 .jpg
Elitzur in 2019
Born (1957-05-31) May 31, 1957 (age 66)
Alma materTel Aviv University (Ph.D.)
AwardsNoetic Medal (2010)
Scientific career
FieldsQuantum mechanics
ThesisTime's Passage and the Time-Asymmetries (1999)
Doctoral advisorYakir Aharonov
Avshalom Elitzur, 2009.

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 During that same year, he was invited to present an unpublished manuscript on quantum mechanics at an international conference in Temple University in Philadelphia.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.


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]

Published works[edit]


  • לפני ולפנים - עיונים פסיכואנליטיים במקרא וביהדות, תל אביב, "ירום"-אליצור, 1987
  • זמן ותודעה - תהיות חדשות על חידות עתיקות, אוניברסיטה משודרת, 1994,


  • 'Endophysics, Time, Quantum and the Subjective', edited by Rosolino Buccheri, Avshalom C Elitzur and Metod Saniga; Germany, Bielefeld, 2005 ISBN 978-981-256-509-9
  • 'Quo Vadis Quantum Mechanics?' (The Frontiers Collection), by A. Elitzur (Editor), S. Dolev (Editor), N. Kolenda (Editor); New York: Springer, 2005 ISBN 3-540-22188-3
  • 'Mind and its Place in the World: Phenomenology & Minds', Vol. 7 (Phenomenology & Mind) by Alexander Batthyany (Editor), Avshalom Elitzur (Editor), Ontos Verlag, 2006 ISBN 978-3-937202-98-3
  • 'Irreducibly Conscious: Selected Papers on Consciousness', Herausgegeben von Batthyany, Alexander / Elitzur, Avshalom (Editors), Universitätsverlag Winter GmbH Heidelberg, 2009


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2012-03-09.{{cite web}}: 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

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