Baruch Sterman with Judy Taubes Sterman
THE RAREST BLUE: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered (Lyons Press, 2012)

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D., received his doctorate in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he developed a CO2 laser used for both medical and industrial purposes. He received his Master’s in electrical engineering from Columbia University. For the past fifteen years, Baruch has been a leading executive in the high-tech sector in Israel, specializing in the fields of telecommunications and computer security. He holds several patents in optics and voice technology.

Baruch is a co-founder of Ptil Tekhelet ( and was instrumental in developing the modern techniques for dyeing tekhelet used by the association today. He has published numerous articles in several languages and is considered a world expert on snail dyeing and all related subjects.

Baruch’s enthusiasm for all things blue is shared by his wife, Judy Taubes Sterman, a former Bible instructor who works for the organization. Originally from New Jersey, Baruch and Judy live in Israel with their seven children.