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Jacob Bekenstein

Mexican-Israeli physicist

Jacob David Bekenstein (Hebrew: יעקב בקנשטיין; May 1, 1947 – August 16, 2015)[1] was a Mexican-born American-Israeli theoretical physicist. He made fundamental contributions to the foundation of black hole thermodynamics and to other aspects of the connections between information and gravitation. He was of Jewish descent.[2]

Jacob Bekenstein
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Jacob Bekenstein
Born (1947-05-01)May 1, 1947
Mexico City, Mexico
Died August 16, 2015(2015-08-16) (aged 68)
Helsinki, Finland
Citizenship Mexican, American, Israeli
Alma mater Princeton University
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
Known for Black hole thermodynamics
Awards Rothschild Prize in Physics (1988)
Israel Prize (2005)
Wolf Prize in Physics (2012)
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Doctoral advisor John Wheeler


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