IOLR Mourns Loss of Prof. Tom Berman in Galapagos Islands

Tom Berman

IOLR Prof. Tom Berman

IOLR Professor Tommy Berman, an internationally renowned aquatic scientist, was found dead in the Galapagos Islands on April 14, 2013. He apparently fell from a cliff while hiking alone. Prof. Berman was 79 years old.

Tommy Berman was responsible for establishing the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory on the shore of Lake Kinneret in 1968.  An MIT-trained microbiologist, he was a beloved member of the IOLR faculty who mentored generations of scientists.

Born in Czechoslovakia before World War II, he was sent to Scotland via the Kindertransport and grew up there.  As a young man he made aliyah and later became a lifelong member of Kibbutz Amiad.

IOLR supporters join his family, friends and colleagues in mourning his untimely loss.

Following are links to an article reprinted from and several eulogies delivered for Tommy by IOLR colleagues and by the head of Kibbutz Amiad.