Dr Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) was born in the Ukraine and emigrated to Palestine at age 14. After receiving a degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering he earned a Doctorate of Science in physics at the Sorbonne in Paris. He worked for some years as a nuclear physicist with Frédéric Joliot-Curie. He was also a Judo master, credited with introducing the sport to the West.
A chronic knee injury prompted him to apply his knowledge of physics, body mechanics, neurology, learning theory and psychology to human function and maturation. His investigations resulted in the Feldenkrais method – a unique synthesis of science and aesthetics. Dr Feldenkrais wrote five books on the method and four books on judo. Today, many thousands of practitioners around the world continue his work, improving the lives of many.