Salah Baouendi

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1937 - 2011
M. Salah Baouendi (1937-2011)

M. Salah Baouendi, a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) died on December 24, 2011, at his home in La Jolla, CA. He was 74.

The author of more than 100 articles and books, Dr. Baouendi was internationally known for his groundbreaking research in mathematical analysis. His contributions include fundamental discoveries in the field of partial differential equations and pioneering research in higher dimensional complex spaces. He received a number of prizes and honors for this work, including the Stefan Bergman Award and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A popular teacher at all levels from freshman calculus to advanced graduate courses, he supervised doctoral students throughout his career and also served as a mentor to many other young mathematicians.

Beyond his own research and teaching, Dr. Baouendi's commitment to the national and international mathematical community was extraordinary. He served on several major committees of the American Mathematical Society, including the Board of Trustees, and chaired many other important committees. For many years he was active as the U.S. representative to the International Mathematical Union, and he chaired the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics. He served on the editorial boards of numerous leading research journals in mathematics and was the founding co-editor-in-chief of two major mathematics journals, Communications in Partial Differential Equations and Mathematical Research Letters.

Dr. Baouendi also held many leadership positions as a faculty member at UCSD. Among other responsibilities, he served as chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel and as a member of Council of the Academic Senate, and was active on major recruitment and search committees.

Born in Tunis, Tunisia, on October 12, 1937, Dr. Baouendi moved to France to complete his high school studies and then earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the Sorbonne in Paris. He held positions as professor of mathematics at the Universities of Nice, Tunis, and Paris before immigrating to the United States. In 1972 he joined the faculty of Purdue University, where he served for several years as Head of the Department of Mathematics. He also held visiting professorships at the University of Chicago and Rutgers University. In 1988 he accepted a professorship in the UCSD Mathematics Department, where he taught and conducted research until his death.

Dr. Baouendi is survived by his wife and professional collaborator, Linda Rothschild, also a professor of mathematics at UCSD; a son and daughter from a previous marriage, Moungi Bawendi of Cambridge, MA, and Meriem Bawendi-Kato of Trabuco Canyon, CA; his son-in-law Tadahiko Kato; and three grandchildren. In addition, he leaves two stepsons, David and Daniel Rothschild. In his home country of Tunisia, survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Houcine and Annie Baouendi, as well as other members of his extended family. A memorial event honoring Dr. Baouendi will be held in La Jolla on March 25.
Published on NYTimes.com from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2012
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