Jay S. Rosenblatt
Jay S. Rosenblatt (90) died on February 15, 2014.
Rosenblatt is credited as one of the first researchers to reveal that learning takes place within the first few days of life in mammals.
Rosenblatt, professor emeritus at Rutgers University–Newark, was once described as the “father of mothering.” He was credited with helping to establish the theoretical framework for the study of maternal behavior in animals and was one of the earliest researchers to uncover the hormonal basis for maternal behavior. He retired from Rutgers in 2005 as the Daniel S. Lehrman Professor of Psychobiology. He also served as dean of the Graduate School–Newark and as director of the former Institute of Animal Behavior over his 46-year career.
The Bronx native was the recipient of many awards and honors during his lifetime, including the Senior Investigator Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. The scholarly journal Developmental Psychobiology paid him a special and unusual honor: it produced a special issue in January 2007 in honor of Rosenblatt’s contributions to the study of animal behavior.
A resident of Hackensack, New Jersey, Rosenblatt is survived by his wife, Pat; a daughter, Nina; and a son, Daniel.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Plaza Memorial Chapel on 91st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York City.
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