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Remembrances of Jon Borwein « Math Scholar

Remembrances of Jon Borwein

In the wake of Jon Borwein’s passing, I have constructed the Jonathan Borwein Memorial website.

This site features a collection of over 30 tributes to Jon’s life and work. These range from recollections of time spent visiting and working with Jon to detailed assessments of his prodigious professional output. Many of these contain touching comments of the anguish and consternation of his passing and how much we will all miss his leadership.

One described Jon as “a force of nature, uncontainable and omnipresent. His passion for knowledge was insatiable and drove him to a breadth of research that is extremely rare in modern times.” Another noted his “passion for explaining mathematics.” Another said he was a “great mentor.” Another colleague said, “Jon had a brilliant mind that went far beyond mathematics. His boundless energy, voracious literacy and generous spirit inspired many.” Another simply said “He was a good man.” To another, he was “our friend.”

Perhaps one that most touching was this: “Jon left this world a better place.” What better eulogy or epitaph could someone possibly have than this?

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