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Seth Douglass Roberts

Seth Roberts of Berkeley, CA and Beijing, China passed away in Berkeley on April 26, 2014. He was born on August 17, 1953 in San Francisco, California and did his undergraduate work at the California Institute of Technology and Reed College. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology at Brown University in 1979 and taught at the University of California, Berkeley from 1978 until his retirement as emeritus professor in 2008. He became a professor of Psychology at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2008 and was on the faculty there until his death. He was the author of Shangri-La Diet, published by G.P. Putnam in 2006, but best known for his work in self-experimentation and as a pioneer in the Quantified Self movement. He maintained a web site and blog at He is survived by sister Amy Rogers and mother Justine Roberts. No funeral service is planned. Donations in his name may be made to Amnesty International.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 8, 2014.
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June 5, 2014
I am saddened and stunned that Seth has passed away. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on the Shangri-La Diet several years ago with him and so pleased that he shared my thoughts in his book. Today as I had gotten online and wanted to see if many people were still following his diet, I found out he had died. Truly, I am so sorry to hear of his passing and extend my deepest sympathy to his family. God Bless you all. I know you are missing him so much. But you will be with him again, I know that to be true.
~ Terri Hill
Terri Hill
May 10, 2014
Seth Roberts
Suddenly, we've lost Seth. When he was in Beijing, it was just as if he was around the corner. Now he is gone.

We've been moved by the great and thoughtful remembrances of so many friends and colleagues of Seth, who shared their experiences, thoughts, and times with Seth. We will remember his companionship and presence, and his passion for scientific investigation, new understanding, knowledge pried from nature's mysteries.

Now Seth himself is one of nature's mysteries. But I can still hear him asking questions.
David Turner
May 8, 2014
I still can't believe it! Seth will be missed...
Mo Ibrahim
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