Shreeram S. Abhyankar
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Shreeram Abhyankar

Prof. Shreeram S. Abhyankar, of West Lafayette, passed away Friday November 2, 2012, while doing his beloved math sitting at his desk at home, in the company of his beloved wife Yvonne.

He was born July 22, 1930, in Ujjain, India to Shankar and Uma Tamhankar Abhyankar. On June 5, 1958, he married Yvonne Kraft Abhyankar in New York City. Shreeram was a Marshall Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University, where he joined the faculty in 1963. He was passionate about math, history, and spending time with his family and friends. Surviving along with his wife Yvonne, are his son Hari S. Abhyankar, wife Deepali, and daughter Kashi A. Behrstock, husband Jason, and grandchildren Maya, Kaia, Kira and Ela. Also surviving are his siblings; Shridhar, Shrinivas, Pushpa Abhyankar, and Balu. He also leaves behind a legacy of students who became part of his global family of mathematicians residing worldwide and whom he visited throughout his life.

Funeral Service at 10:00 AM Thursday at Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel, 1184 Sagamore Parkway West, West Lafayette. Leave condolences

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Published in Journal & Courier from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2012.
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December 4, 2012
Dear Yvonne,

My thoughts are going to you and your family.

Marc Giusti
December 3, 2012
DR.sharad thakare
November 21, 2012
Dear Yvonne,
I have just learned about the passing of Shreeram. My thoughts are with you all. Please remember that you are very welcome in our house in Toronto as it always was.
Pierre Milman
November 15, 2012
I took a course with Prof Abhyankar my first year at Purdue in 2002. He invited me into his home and lectured to me personally, as well as fund my first conference trip as a wide-eyed first year graduate student. I was in awe to simply be in his presence, and I express my deepest condolences to his family. His spirit lives on through his work and those students lucky enough to have known him.
Parsa Bakhtary
November 14, 2012
Our condolences to Yvonne and to all the family in these moments of deep sorrow and pain.
It is also a great loss for all of us mathematicians.
Mathematics has lost one of its best children, Sheeram S. Abhyankar.
From M. Spivakovsky and M.R. Gonzalez-Dorrego
November 8, 2012

I dont know Sir Shreeram Abhyankar personally and I am not involved with Mathematics. But I have read about his great contribution in his field, and as a proud Indian, look to him as an inspiration towards achievement and excellence. May his soul rest in peace.
Ashish Shah
November 7, 2012
I will always treasure the numerous hours I spent in discussions with him, both at his home in Pune and at TIFR. His passion for mathematics and his generosity in sharing it will always be remembered.
Sudarshan Gurjar
November 6, 2012
My most memorable moments with him would be those spent at the porch outside his residence on Ashok Path in Pune. Swinging on the zoola, Professor Abhyankar used to ramble his best, criss-crossing between Indian mythology, Marathi poetry, personal reminiscences and, of course, Mathematics. One could experience his multi-faceted personality. In fact, it is wrong to call it multi-faceted, separating these facets is losing the grip on his personality. And in all this streaked the critique in him, questioning the fundamentals while living through them.
Pradipkumar Keskar
November 6, 2012
Dear Mrs. Abhyankar,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. In our most recent paper, what was most crucial was the method of Prof. Abhyankar called ``Abhyankar's Lemma". His mathematics continues to live forever in our minds and hearts.
Kenji Matsuki
November 6, 2012
Shreeram was a hero to many of us who knew him in Gwalior, and it was a privilege to meet him, you and the family in West Lafayette. He will be sorely missed.
Arun and Kusum Phadke
November 6, 2012
Dear Prof. Abhyankar may God bless you. I respect the great work of your mathematics and your spirits and attitude of education and mathematics.
Qi Feng
November 6, 2012
Dear Yvonne,

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I will always remember his kindness towards me. I still recall giving farewells in the airport.....he will be greatly missed.
Joseph Brennan
November 6, 2012
Dear Yvonne,
Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies at this time of sorrow.We will miss Shreeram's wonderful friendship.His passing away is a great loss to Mathematics.
Sakuntala and M.S.Narasimhan,Bangalore.
M.S. Narasimhan
November 5, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Heisuke and Wakako Hironaka
November 5, 2012
My condolence for the gerat mathematician. Its is great loss to Mathematics world and to all of his students and followers.
Ajit Kumar
November 5, 2012
Yvonne, my thoughts are with you and your family.
Lillian Price
November 4, 2012
My deepest sympathies! I will always be in Professor Abhyankar's debt for providing me with proper guidance and giving me huge opportunties!
Sandeep Holay
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