The Departments of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (MCS) and Computer Science (DCS) are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Professor Avner Magen, who was killed in an avalanche in Denali National Park, Alaska on May 29, 2010. Avner was an Associate Professor in DCS and the Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Avner was a superb scholar, making fundamental contributions to a number of areas of theoretical computer science that include metric embeddings, sublinear algorithms, convex programming, computational geometry and approximation algorithms. He was awarded an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2007.
Avner did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Hebrew University and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2002. After holding a postdoctoral fellowship at NEC Research in Princeton, NJ, he joined the University of Toronto in 2002, first as a postdoctoral fellow, and then as an Assistant Professor in 2004. He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2009. Avner was a wonderful colleague with a terrific sense of humour and great energy. He was a dedicated research supervisor and superb teacher whose mentorship inspired his students and all those around him.
The loss of such a mathematical brilliance will have a profound impact on his colleagues, collaborators, and the entire research community.