Browse Entries

Biographical entry Borwein, Jonathan Michael (1951 - 2016)

FAA

Born
20 May 1951
St Andrews, United Kingdom
Died
2 August 2016
London, Ontario, Canada
Occupation
Mathematician

Summary

Jonathan Borwein was a mathematician who made substantial contributions to optimization theory and practice, number theory, theory of computation and functional analysis. He was a world leader in experimental mathematics using intensive computation for pure mathematical discovery. After a career of 35 years in Canada, Borwein moved to Australia in 2009 to become Laureate Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle, and Director of the University's Centre for Computer-Assisted Mathematical Research and Applications. He was noted for his participation in professional organisations and policy and advisory bodies. Borwein was co-author of two highly successful books, Dictionary of mathematics (1989) and A dictionary of real numbers (1990).

Details

Events

1971
Education - BA (hons), University of Western Ontario, Canada
1971 - 1974
Award - Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford
1974
Education - PhD, University of Oxford
1974 - 1991
Career position - Professor of Mathematics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1980
Career position - Visiting professor, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
1993
Award - Chauvenet Prize, Mathematical Society of America
1993 - 2003
Career position - Shrum Professor of Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
1994 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
1999
Award - Doctorat Honoris Causa, Université de Limoges, France
2000 - 2002
Career position - President, Canadian Mathematical Society
2000 - 2003
Career position - Chair, Canadian National Science Library NCR-CISTI Advisory Board
2001 - 2008
Career position - Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
2002 - 2008
Career position - Chair, Committee on Electronic Information and Communications, International Mathematical Union
2002 - 2016
Award - Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2003 - 2016
Award - Foreign Member, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
2004 - 2007
Career position - Governor-at-Large, Mathematical Association of America
2004 - 2009
Career position - Canada Research Chair in Distributed and Collaborative Mathematics, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2009
Life event - Moved to Australia
2009 - 2016
Career position - Laureate Professor of Mathematics, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle
2009 - 2016
Career position - Founding Director, Centre for Computer-Assisted Mathematical Research and Applications, University of Newcastle
2009 - 2016
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2010 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2013 - 2016
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
2015 - 2016
Award - Fellow, American Mathematical Society
2015 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
April 2016 - July 2016
Career position - Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Western University, Ontario, Canada

Related Corporate Bodies

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Bailey, David H., 'Jonathan Borwein: experimental mathematician', Experimental Mathematics, vol. 26, no. 2, 2017, pp. 125-9. Details
  • Borwein, Judith, Borwein, Naomi and Sims, Brailey, 'Jonathan M. Borwein FAAAS, FBAS, FAustMS, FAA, FRSNSW 20 May 1951 to 2 August 2016', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 44, no. 4, 2017, pp. 289-93. Details

Helen Cohn