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Report on the Jon Borwein remembrance day meeting in Paris

Jon at work

A day devoted to the memory of Jonathan Michael Borwein, who died on August 2, 2016, took place at the Henri Poincare Institute in Paris on February 10, 2017. This event was sponsored by SMAI, SMF, the Australian Society of Mathematics (AMS), the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) and the Canadian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (CAIMS). About sixty persons, including colleagues from Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, the U.S. and even Thailand, were on hand to join in this day of remembrance. The panel of speakers was made up of colleagues who either cooperated with Jon or

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Michel Thera’s introduction for the Paris Jon Borwein Memorial Conference

Welcome everybody to this remembrance day devoted to Laureate Professor Jonathan Michael Borwein.

When I decided to organize this one day workshop, I had immediately the encouragements of Fatiha Alabau, president of SMAI, from Stephane Seuret, president of SMF, from Kate Smith-Smiles president of the Australian Mathe- matical Society, from Mike Bennett president of the Canadian Mathematical Society and from Matthiew Davison president of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society.

They all pass on their appreciation to all participants who are helping to honor Jon Borwein in this special way.

I would like to express my gratitude to these

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Special session of Australian Mathematical Society

Regina Burachik, Jeya Jeyakumar and Guoyin Li organized a special session “Mathematical and Computational Optimization” at the 60th Annual Meeting of Australian Mathematical Society (from 5-7 December 2016, Australian National University, Canberra) dedicated to Laureate Professor Jonathan Michael Borwein. The session had 13 speakers and 2 keynotes, including mathematicians from Australia, Spain, Brazil, and New Zealand. All speakers came together to commemorate and acknowledge Jon’s impact and seminal contributions to mathematics and in particular to optimization. Before each talk, the speakers shared their unique experiences in working with Jon and recalled how Jon has greatly influenced their research and life.

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Jerusalem conference commemorating Jonathan Borwein

Ilias Kotsireas and Thierry Noah Dana-Picard have organized a special conference commemorating Jonathan Borwein, to be conducted as the 23rd Conference on Applications of Computer Algebra. It will be held at the Lev campus of the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT).

Invited speakers include

Sara Hershkovitz, Center for Educational Technology, Tel Aviv, Israel. Doron Zeilberger, Rutgers University. Rob Corless, Western University, London, ON (Canada).

For additional details, see the conference website.

“Remembrance Day” meeting at the Institute Henri Poincare, Paris

Michel Thera has organized a “Remembrance Day”, dedicated to the memory of Jonathan M. Borwein. It will be held Friday 10 February 2017 at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. Speakers include:

F.J. Aragón Artacho (University of Alicante and CARMA). David H. Bailey (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). Patrick Combettes (North Carolina State University). Ivar Ekeland (University Paris-Dauphine). Martin Grötschel (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften). Alexander Ioffe (Technion). Adrian S. Lewis (Cornell University). Matthew K. Tam (University of Göttingen and CARMA). Luc Trouche (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon). Qiji (Jim) Zhu (Western Michigan University).

For additional details, please see the conference website.

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Special session of CMS meeting dedicated to Jon Borwein

Henri Wolkowicz and Heinz Bauschke organized a special session at the Canadian Mathematical Society meeting (on 3 December 2016) dedicated to Jon Borwein. The speakers, titles and abstracts of the session’s talks are available here.

A mathematical family man (by Michael Rose)

[This is a talk by Michael Rose at a memorial service for Jonathan Borwein in Newcastle, Australia on 21 September 2016.]

It was my very great privilege to be one of Jon’s students for 5 years, one of over 70 postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars who Jon took under his wing, and after speaking with a few others it’s clear that you can take what I’m about to say and more or less multiply it by 70, there’s a lot of shared experience. You have heard much about Jon the extraordinary mathematician, and now I would like to tell you about

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The Midwest Optimization meeting dedicated to Jon’s memory

We have just finished Midwest Optimization meeting dedicated to Jon’s memory. Here is the conference website: http://www.math.msu.edu/~yanm/MOM16.

and a nice poster: http://users.math.msu.edu/users/yanm/MOM16/Poster-MOM2016.pdf

Boris Mordukhovich Distinguished University Professor Fellow, AMS and SIAM http://math.wayne.edu/~boris

My older and much wiser brother (by Brailey Sims)

[Talk by Brailey Sims at the Jon Borwein Memorial Service, 21 September 2016, Newcastle, Australia.]

This is a sad yet vital occasion. It serves to remind us of Jon the person and Jon the achiever and to look forward to the massive legacy he has left for us. But, it also helps drive home the stark and dreadful reality that we are now living in a post Jon world. As Jon steamed full speed-ahead we have for many years gyred and gymbled — two of Jon’s favourite words — in the bow waves he generated, now the juggernaut has passed

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Jonathan M. Borwein: Homo sapiens, Homo ludens

[This is a condensed version of an article written by Michel Théra, to appear in the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications.]

Jonathan Borwein left us suddenly on August 2, 2016 at age 65. He leaves his wife Judith, three children Naomi, Rachel and Tova; five grand children Jakob Joseph, Noah Erasmus, Skye, Zoe and Taj. Jonathan Borwein was born in 1951 in St. Andrews, Scotland, to a family of intellectuals. In fact, both of his parents belonged to the world of research.His mother Bessie was an anatomist while his father, David, was a mathematician, holding a position in the

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