Prof. Tommy Berman, a world-renowned Israeli marine microbiologist, was found
dead near a tourist site in the Galapagos Islands on Saturday. His death was
likely due to an accidental fall during a hike he had taken the day
An expert in marine microbial ecology, Berman was also heavily
involved in the study of lakes, desalination and water purification facilities
across the world.
Berman was one of the co-founders of the Yigal Alon
Kinneret Limnological Laboratory in 1968, and last year, jointly won a lifetime
achievement award from the Israeli Association for Aquatic Sciences with Prof.
Zvi Ben-Avraham of Tel Aviv University.
On his way to visit a cousin in
Chile, Berman decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting the Galapagos
Islands, where he stayed in the city of Puerto Ayora.
Berman was a
resident of Kibbutz Amiad, and is survived by his wife, Debbie, his three
daughters, Ilana, Rina and Ora, and seven grandchildren.