A Tribute to Jerry Marsden from the Mathematical Sciences Community
The applied mathematics community lost a beloved and influential colleague with the death of Jerry Marsden in September 20120. As co-chair of the Scientific PRogram Committee and a member of the Steering Committee for ICIAM 2011, Jerry exerted a strong influence on the structure and scientific content of the congress.
Indeed, in many ways Jerry was the heart of the ICIAM 2011 program…Read more
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University of California Senate
added May 24, 2011
Jerrold Eldon Marsden
Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emeritus
1942 – 2010
Professor Emeritus Jerrold Eldon (known to all as Jerry) Marsden, born in Ocean Falls, British Columbia, on August 17, 1942, died on September 21, 2010, at his home in Pasadena, California. A member of the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1968, he retired almost 30 years later, in 1997. From 1988 until his retirement, he also held an appointment as professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
In 1995, he went on leave to take up a position at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), eventually becoming the Carl F. Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics, a position which he held until his death. He was also founding director of the Fields Institute in Canada from its inception in 1987 to 1994, taking periodic leaves from Berkeley to carry out his duties there. …
Dynamics of Partial Differential Equations (PDE)
Vol. 8, No.1, 1–3, 2011
May 1, 2011
Obituary: Jerry Marsden
Jerrold E. Marsden, Jerry to his many friends, left us on the 21st of September, 2010, at the age of 68. He leaves behind an applied mathematics school that he created by importing geometric and dynamical systems ideas into diverse applied areas such as numerical analysis, classical applied mathematics, theoretical physics, and engineering. He created strong links between pure and applied mathematics as well as between mathematics and various areas of physics, engineering, and chemistry. His ideas have influenced generations of researchers who have used geometry in their work. …
Princeton Alumni Weekly
March 2, 2011, issue
Jerrold E. Marsden *68
Jerrold Marsden, the Carl F. Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Caltech, died Sept. 21, 2010. He was 68.
Born in Canada, Marsden received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1965, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton in 1968. He then was a professor at UC, Berkeley, before joining Caltech in 1992.
According to a statement released by Caltech, “Marsden was one of the leading world experts in mathematical and theoretical mechanics. His work spanned a variety of fields, including fluid mechanics, geometric mechanics, control theory, dynamical systems, and numerical methods.” Advances in many areas can be traced to his work.
Marsden wrote six math textbooks and 14 monographs — many of which are the definitive references in their field. Caltech’s Graduate Student Council gave him its teaching and mentoring award. Among his other honors are awards bearing the names of Wiener, Humboldt, Planck, and von Neumann. He was a member of the Royal Societies of Britain and Canada and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Marsden is survived by his wife, Barbara; two children from two prior marriages, including Alison ’98; and two grandchildren.Graduate memorials are prepared by the APGA.
Universidad Nacional del Sur: Noticias Universitarias
22 de Febrero de 2011
El doctor Hernán Cendra recuerda al destacado matemático Jerry Marsden
Jerrold Eldon Marsden dejó este mundo el 21 de septiembre de 2010, en Pasadena, después de perder su batalla contra un cáncer. Nacido en Ocean Falls (Canadá) obtuvo su PhD en Princeton University, en 1968. A continuación fue Profesor del Departamento de Matemática de la Universidad de California en Berkeley. Fue Director Fundador del Fields Institute, en la universidad de Toronto entre 1991 y 1994. En 1995 se unió al CalTech como Profesor en Control and Dynamical Systems.
RCD: Regular and Chaotic Dynamics 2010
Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 635–636, ISSN 1560-3547
c Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2010.
November 16, 2010
Remembering Jerry Marsden
Jerrold E. Marsden, Jerry to his many friends, left us on the 21st of September, 2010, at the age of 68. He leaves behind an applied mathematics school that he created by importing geometric and dynamical systems ideas into diverse applied areas such as numerical analysis, classical applied mathematics, theoretical physics, and engineering. He created strong links between pure and applied mathematics as well as between mathematics and various areas of physics, engineering, and chemistry. His ideas have influenced generations of researchers who have used geometry in their work.
RSC : The Royal Society of Canada
The Academies of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences of Canada
November 9, 2010
Jerrold E. Marsden 1942–2010 …
[ Extract from Dynamical Systems Magazine ]
Volume 43, Number 9, November 2010
SIAM News Webpage December 15, 2010
Obituaries: Jerrold E. Marsden
Jerry Marsden, one of the world’s pre-eminent mechanicians and applied mathematicians, died on September 21, 2010, after a 12-year battle with cancer. Jerry’s interests were unusually broad; his work influenced physicists, engineers, life scientists, and mathematicians across the spectrum from pure to applied. In addition to his many publications (more than 400 archival and conference papers, and 21 books), he was a brilliant expositor and teacher, who always willingly took the time to answer questions. He motivated and encouraged colleagues and students alike across an astonishing array of disciplines. He will be sorely missed. …
Journal of Nonlinear Science
SpringerLink: Published Online
November 6, 2010
In Memory of Jerry Marsden
Jerry Marsden was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal at the time of his death on September 21, 2010. His broad interests in the field of nonlinear science, together with his technical skills, deep mathematical insights, calm and yet perceptive view of the world will be missed dearly by his many friends around the world.A. Dosanjh
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EL PAÍS, Spain
jueves 21 de octubre de 2010
[ The most influential Spanish newpaper in the world ]
Jerry E. Marsden, un gigante de las matemáticas
Jerry Marsden fue una figura gigantesca en las matemáticas, con una actividad asombrosa. Falleció el 21 de septiembre de 2010, a los 68 años, en su casa de Pasadena (California) a causa de un cáncer. Desarrolló una investigación muy intensa en el área de mecánica geométrica, integrando matemática fundamental con matemática aplicada. Sus intereses eran amplísimos: mecánica de cuerpos rígidos, fluidos, elasticidad, física de plasmas, teoría de campos, relatividad, sistemas dinámicos.
Dynamical Systems Magazine
Jerrold E. Marsden, 1942-2010
Jerry Marsden, one of the world’s pre-eminent mechanicians and applied mathematicians, died on September 21st, 2010 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Jerry’s interests were unusually broad; his work influenced physicists, engineers, life scientists and mathematicians across the spectrum from pure to applied. In addition to his many publications (over 400 archival and conference papers, and 21 books), he was a brilliant expositor and teacher, who always willingly took the time to answer questions. He motivated and encouraged colleagues and students alike across an astonishing array of disciplines. He will be sorely missed. …
Los Angeles Times – PASSINGS
October 13, 2010
Jerrold Marsden – Caltech mathematician
Jerrold Marsden, 68, a Caltech professor who was one of the world’s leading experts in mathematical and theoretical mechanics, died Sept. 21 at his home in Pasadena, the school announced. He had cancer.
Marsden was the Carl F. Braun professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems and Applied and Computational Mathematics. His research led to advances in such fields as spacecraft mission design.
Marsden went to Caltech in 1992 from the faculty at UC Berkeley.
He was born Aug. 17, 1942, in British Columbia and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. He earned a doctorate from Princeton University in 1968 in applied mathematics.
Marsden also helped found and until 1994 was director of the Fields Institute, a mathematical research facility at the University of Toronto.
SIAM unwrapped October 2010
October 11, 2010
SIAM mourns the loss of Jerry Marsden
Jerrold E. Marsden, one of the most inspirational and revered figures in the applied mathematics community, lost his battle to cancer on September 21, 2010. Marsden was a world-renowned expert in mathematical and theoretical mechanics, a brilliant researcher, and gifted teacher. A professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, he authored six mathematics textbooks that are used worldwide. Honored with many awards over a lifetime of exemplary work, including the AMS-SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize in 1990 and SIAM’s prestigious John von Neumann Lecture in 2005, Marsden will posthumously be awarded the 2010 Thomas K. Caughey Award in Vancouver next month. A member of the SIAM Board of Trustees and a co-chair for the Scientific Program Committee for the ICIAM 2011 Congress to be held in Vancouver next July, Marsden was a highly influential member of the SIAM community. Friends and colleagues talk fondly of his integrity and generosity, and his passion to share knowledge. Please read a full tribute to his life, career and accomplishments at the Caltech website.
Pasadena Star-News & Whittier Daily News
October 5, 2010
Caltech’s Jerry Marsden remembered as a generous mentor, colleague
PASADENA – News that Jerrold Marsden died took many at Caltech by surprise. Even some of his close colleagues did not realize he was so seriously ill. [ more... ]
The California Tech
October 4, 2010
Ma1c Professor Jerry Marsden Passes Away
Jerrold E. Marsden, Carl F Braun Professor of Engineering Control and Dynamical Systems & Applied and Computational Mathematics, passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer on September 21, 2010 at the age of 68. Marsden is well-known to undergraduates for teaching the Core course, Ma1c, Multivariable Calculus (Practical Track). He has taught the course for over ten years. [ more... ]
The Royal Society regrets to announce the deaths of the following Fellows in 2010:
Professor Jerrold Eldon Marsden FRS
17 August 1942 – 21 September 2010 [elected 2006]
Carl F Braun Professor of Engineering and Control and Dynamical Systems, Caltech.
University of California, Berkeley — Mathematics Department
People: In Memoriam 2010
Professor Jerrold E. Marsden
Professor Jerrold (Jerry) Marsden passed away peacefully in Pasadena, California, on September 21, 2010. Professor Marsden was born in Ocean Falls, British Columbia, Canada on August 17, 1942. Throughout his academic career he was a most distinguished teacher and researcher. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1968 and was member of the faculty until his official retirement from UC Berkeley in 1997. He joined the faculty at Caltech in 1995. More information about him is available at: http://media.caltech.edu/press_releases/13385
See also: University of California, Senate – In Memoriam
The Fields Institute
September 30, 2010
In Memory of Jerrold E. Marsden
We are deeply saddened by the death of Jerry Marsden, September 21 at his home in Pasadena, after a battle with cancer. Jerry was a founder and true friend of the Fields Institute. He served as our first Director from 1992 to 1994, and organized several of our major programs over the years. Our prestigious Marsden Postdoctoral Fellowship is named in his honour.
Jerry Marsden was a friend and mentor of many people in the Canadian mathematics community and around the world. His ideas and inspiration will live in his mathematical works and those of his students and colleagues. A press release about Jerry and information about making donations in his memory can be found at
September 27, 2010
IPAM Mourns Loss of Jerry Marsden
Jerrold Marsden, Professor at Caltech and frequent IPAM participant, passed away on September 21, 2010 at age 68. Jerry was one of the founding members of IPAM’s Board of Trustees, and served as Chair from 2002 to 2005. His research was centered around mechanics, control and geometry with applications to differential equations, fluid mechanics, plasma physics, and other areas. In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in these fields, he received a number of prizes, among them the Norbert Weiner Prize from SIAM and AMS and the von Neumann Prize from SIAM. Jerry was an intellectual leader with a wide circle of colleagues and collaborators, and he was notably optimistic, articulate and gregarious. We will all miss him very much.
September 23, 2010
Jerrold Eldon Marsden, the Carl F. Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Caltech, passed away on the evening of September 21, 2010, with his wife and daughter by his side. He was 68. Marsden was one of the leading world experts in mathematical and theoretical mechanics. His work spanned a variety of fields, including fluid mechanics, geometric mechanics, elasticity, control theory, dynamical systems, and numerical methods. [ more... ]
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