Jonathan Borwein’s astonishing range and versatility

It is with a great sense of loss and sadness that members and staff of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) mark the passing of Laureate Professor Jonathan Borwein FRSC, FAA, FAAAS, FAMS.

The world has lost a remarkable mathematician and AMSI one of its greatest champions. Jon was the chair of AMSI’s Scientific Advisory Committee and a member of the AMSI Board, as well as Laureate Professor in the University of Newcastle’s School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Director of CARMA, the Priority Research Centre in Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications. His deep international leadership experience, coupled with his great generosity of spirit, has been of extraordinary value to the mathematical sciences in Australia and to AMSI in particular.

Jonathan Borwein was a mathematician of astonishing range and versatility and a leader in every way. A highly respected ambassador for the Australian Mathematical Sciences his past roles included President of the Canadian Mathematical Society and Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society. An ISI highly cited scientist, his work in mathematics and computing, including optimisation, computational number theory and classical functional analysis was widely published.

His collaborator of 31 years, David Bailey, has written a touching tribute on their website Math Drudge (see Jonathan Borwein Dies at 65).

AMSI extends its sincere condolences to Jon’s wife Judith and his family and to his colleagues at the University of Newcastle. [Geoff Prince, Director, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)]

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