Jonathan Borwein

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Jonathan Michael Borwein, a seminal figure in Australian (and world) mathematical community, and the current co-chair of MoCaO. Jon Borwein was instrumental in establishing MoCaO and had a vision to bring together the computational and optimisation communities in Australia to enrich the activities of both. Hence the existence of MoCaO is a testament to Jon’s visionary leadership. Dozens of colleagues and friends are shocked and saddened with his passing. There will be many testaments to Jon’s mathematical influence and his extensive contribution to so many fields that will be published in the coming decades.
His friends and collaborators will continue to remember his frank guidance, enthusiasm and wit. Jon will be greatly missed by all of those who had the gift to share time with him.

We would like to extend our condolences to Jon’s family and to his wife Judy for their loss.

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  • I heard Jon’s lecture here at Western University back in April. I am not a mathematician, but from what I could understand, I was in the presence of genius. He ranged over so many topics and with such breezy fluency that I had the impression of immersing myself into the entirety of modern mathematics. Jon was affable, funny, versatile, curious and just an all-round pleasant person. His optimism seemed unconquerable. My family and I extend our deepest sympathy to all the grieving Borweins.
    Vlad Tumanov, Associate Professor, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, Western University