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Felix Browder has passed away

Felix Browder

We were saddened to hear that Felix Browder passed away on December 10, 2016. Felix Browder was a member of our department from 1963 to 1986, chair from 1971 to 1976 and again from 1979 to 1985. When he retired in 1986, he moved to Rutgers to become vice-president for Research. He is well known for his critical work in the development of nonlinear functional analysis, for his work in applying both linear and nonlinear functional analysis to partial differential equations, and for his strong support of efforts to improve undergraduate and graduate education in the mathematical sciences.

He proposed and chaired the program for the Mathematical Challenges of the 21st Century a major event at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the celebration of World Mathematical Year 2000. He was much honored: he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, was a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, received an honorary degree from the University of Paris in 1990, and the National Medal of Science in 2000. In 1999-2000, he was President of the AMS.

A very informative view of some of Felix’s achievements and activities can be found in the pages of the Notices, namely his nomination for the AMS presidency in 1997.

Please see here for an obituary of Felix Browder in The New Yorker, and see here for his obituary in the AMS News.