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    • CommentAuthorTim_Porter
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2020

    It would seem that Vaughan Jones has died. I think that this was overnight on the 6th to 7th. Berkeley have ‘deceased’ on his page as an Emeritus professor. Does anyone else have more details? I have just checked on Wikipedia and they have changed their entry accordingly but with today’s date, which I think is wrong. I had the news via the MPPM network and someone at Vanderbilt university.

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    • CommentAuthorGuest
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2020
    Dear all (members of the NZMS)

    Many of us were saddened and shocked to hear this morning of the
    unexpected death of Professor Sir Vaughan Jones FRSNZ, on Sunday
    evening in the USA, aged only 67. He had suffered from an ear
    infection recently and was having severe difficulties in recovering
    from that.

    Vaughan is widely regarded as the best ever mathematician to come out
    of New Zealand, and certainly the most successful.

    Raised in Gisborne, Cambridge and Auckland, he studied to Masters
    level at the University of Auckland, before moving to Switzerland for
    his PhD, and then spent most of his academic career at UC Berkeley,
    until moving to Vanderbilt University in Nashville about ten years
    ago.

    Vaughan won the Fields Medal in 1990 for his work on von Neumann
    algebras, and an unexpected application of that work to the
    development of a highly effective knot invariant, now known as the
    Jones polynomial. In fact he was the first ever winner of the Fields
    Medal born and educated in the southern hemisphere.

    But for many of us, Vaughan was highly respected for his humanity, his
    sense of humour, his ability to interact with people from a wide
    variety of backgrounds, and his regular visits to New Zealand, where
    he did a tremendous amount to support and promote New Zealand
    mathematics over the last 30 years, especially in his roles as
    president of the NZMRI (Inc.), co-director of the NZIMA, and a
    distinguished alumni professor at the
    University of Auckland.

    His death is a great loss for his family, his many friends and
    colleagues, and the international mathematical community.

    Marston Conder
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