Itzhak Bentov - Biography
Itzhak Bentov (1923 – May 25, 1979) was a Czech born 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. 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.
List of published works
- Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness, E. P. Dutton, 1977, ISBN 9780525474586; Inner Traditions - Bear and Company, 13 Oct 1988, ISBN 0892812028
- A Brief Tour of Higher Consciousness: A Cosmic Book on the Mechanics of Creation, Inner Traditions - Bear and Company, June 2000, ISBN 089281814X
- A cosmic book on the mechanics of creation with Mirtala Bentov, Dutton Books, 1 Jan 1982, ISBN 0525477012
- Micromotions of the body as a factor in the development of the nervous system, a centerpiece article published in the anthology Kundalini, Evolution, and Enlightenment by John White, editor, (ISBN 1-55778-303-9).
- Review of his work From an article that first appeared in PS-Magazine.com.