In Memoriam, Dr. Hal Weinberg

Hal Weinberg, OC

The ISACM Executive Committee would like to acknowledge the recent passing of Dr. Hal Weinberg (January 25, 2024) at age 90.  Hal was an early leader and fierce advocate for MEG, bridging a long collaborative relationship between CTF and his nearby Brain Behaviour Lab at Simon Fraser University. 

For decades, Hal stood as *the* central figure in Canadian MEG, serving as organizer for two International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG) meetings in held Vancouver (1980, 2006).

Hal’s curiosity, passion and openness for innovation in the study of brain function was unique and contagious. He served as an important mentor for numerous Canadian and international colleagues. 

Hal will be remembered most for his kindness and warmth, always open for scientific discourse, always stressing the importance of individual differences and the importance of the free exchange of ideas. 

He will be truly missed.

Anne Millbank, Doug Cheyne, Bill Gaetz and Hal thinking about how to conduct MEG experiments without an MSR. Brain Behaviour Lab, SFU, 1994. Shown is the first whole-head 64-channel CTF MEG.

For more on Hal’s incredible life and achievements in municipal politics as Mayor of his Village of Anmore, please see the following:  Tri-Cities Dispatch article on Hal: “Keep smiling and don’t take yourself too seriously”