Naftali Tishby

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Naftali Tishby
נפתלי תשבי
Tishby in 2008
Born(1952-12-28)28 December 1952
Jerusalem, Israel
Died9 August 2021(2021-08-09) (aged 68)
Jerusalem, Israel
EducationHebrew University Secondary School
Alma materTel-Aviv University
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
AwardsIsrael Defense Prize
Landau Prize in Computer Science
Scientific career
Fieldscomputer science
Bell Labs
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
ThesisReduced Dynamical Description: An Information Theoretic Approach (1985)

Naftali "Tali" Tishby (Hebrew: נפתלי תשבי; 28 December 1952 – 9 August 2021) was a professor of computer science and computational neuroscientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Early life and education[edit]

Tishby was born in 1952. His father Yeshaya Tishby is a researcher of Kabbalah and Jewish thought.

In 1971 he graduated the Hebrew University Secondary School, joined the academic Atuda in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and served in the IDF until 1980. That year he received the Israel Defense Prize.

In 1974 he graduated B.Sc. cum laude in Mathematics in Physics from the Hebrew University. In 1980 he graduated M.Sc. cum laude in Theoretical Physics at Tel Aviv University; his M.Sc. thesis topic was "Spallation nuclear reactions in the galactic cosmic rays". In 1985 he completed Ph.D. studies in the Hebrew University, publishing the thesis "Reduced Dynamical Description: An Information Theoretic Approach".[1] He did his post-doctoral studies at MIT from 1985 to 1986.


From 1986 until 1991 he worked in Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

In 1992 he became a senior lecturer in the Computer science faculty in the Hebrew University and became an associate professor in 1997.

He was the founder of the Hebrew University's Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation, the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, and the Sudarsky Center for Computational Biology. In 1998 he founded and chaired the computer engineering program.

He worked on the mathematical and statistical theory of learning and biological adaptation.

Personal life and death[edit]

Tishby was married and has four children. Tishby died on 9 August 2021 at the age of 68.[2]


  1. ^ Tishby, Naftali (31 August 1985). "גישה תורת האינפורמציה לתיאור דינמי מצומצם במערכות מיקרוסקופיות". Archived from the original on 1 September 2022. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  2. ^ "With great sorrow, we sadly announce the death of our friend and colleague Prof. Naftali Tishby from the School of Computer Science and Engineering and extend our condolences to the family". Retrieved 11 August 2021.

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