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Oded Sharam was one of the greatest theoretical mathematicians in the world

This is how Prof. Gil Kalai from the Hebrew University, who guided him 20 years ago in groundbreaking research, and Dr. Yuval Peres, head of the group for applied mathematics at Microsoft's research center in Redmond, where Shram was a researcher, describe it. On September 1, Shrem fell into an 80-meter-deep abyss in a climbing accident

The news was originally published in the Daily Maily from the People and Computers group

Prof. Oded Sharm, the late - self-photo on the last summit
Prof. Oded Sharm, the late - self-photo on the last summit

Prof. Oded Sharam, who worked for the past nine years in a unique group that dealt with theoretical mathematics at Microsoft's research center in Redmond, fell to his death in a climbing accident that happened on September 1. According to his friends, he loved the area where he lived in the US and his hobby was mountain climbing. "He used to ski in the winter and go on trips in the summer and was considered very experienced in climbing," say his friends. In fact, Schram has already climbed all the peaks in the Washington area, including Mount Rainier. The disaster happened precisely at a relatively low peak. Shrem went alone to climb from which he did not return. From the photo he took of himself, it is clear that he reached the top of the peak. On the way back, he fell into an abyss 80 meters deep, and was apparently killed on the spot.

"He always called before he left for home and this time he didn't call," said Dr. Yuval Peres, an Israeli who was part of Sharm's research team and one of his close friends. "The family informed the police and the officers found his car. Due to the darkness they were unable to locate him. Only the next day did they discover his body using a helicopter, but it took them a few more hours to reach it." Award number.

Sharam was born in Jerusalem in 1961 and studied at the Hebrew Gymnasium in Jerusalem, worked for one year in the Talpiot project, but left and went to serve in the armor, also in the First Lebanon War. After his release, he returned to studies at the Hebrew University, where he completed both degrees in mathematics. Prof. Gil Kalai, who guided him in his master's thesis, told DailyMaily that even then he developed a model for the decomposition of convex bodies that to this day no one has been able to improve.

After receiving his degree, Sharam went to Princeton University in the USA, where he did his doctorate under the guidance of Prof. Bill Thurston. Even then, Sharam helped create breakthroughs, when he connected two fields that were completely separate until then: composite functions and systems of circles in the plane. After that, Sharam went for a short period to do a post-doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, and there, too, he solved a mathematical problem - which had been unsolved until then, together with a Chinese partner.

In 1994, Sharam returned to Israel and received a position at the Weizmann Institute, where he continued to work in the fields he had been involved in until now, as well as in the field of probability theory, which was completely new to him and where he, together with Professor Itai Binyamini, had breakthroughs. In 1999, Sherm achieved another breakthrough, again this time through a combination with another mathematical field - statistical mechanics. With his help, mathematicians were able to solve the Mandelbrot hypothesis. At the end of that year, Sharam went on a sabbatical where he joined Microsoft's scientific department, where a theory group was active doing basic research in areas close to probability theory and computer science and mathematics. Dr. Peres, head of the group, described Shram as "the most theoretical mathematician at Microsoft".

"The main role of the group is to carry out theoretical research in probability, statistical physics, algorithms and combinatorics - various fields in mathematics and computer science, as well as to help the groups that develop a useful application and encounter theoretical problems," says Peres. "Three of the six permanent members of the team are Israelis. Oded himself joined the group nine years ago and reached the status of the most well-known researcher in probability theory in the world, thanks to several good discoveries - some before he came here, and some he made right here, in the field of probability theory," he adds.

"His great discovery was a combination of methods from probability and composite analysis with which he solved central problems in the field of statistical physics," says Peres. "It is a combination of several different fields that people did not expect. This is evident in the prizes he received: the Poincaré prize in mathematical physics, a complete prize in analysis, the Puglia prize in combinatorics and other prizes. This year he was appointed a member of the Swedish Royal Society."

Shrem donated his body to science. The page dedicated to his memory can be seen at the following address.

15 תגובות

  1. An acquaintance from school, his wife was a dear friend to me. I knew his talent but I didn't appreciate that his ends were so far and high.
    My condolences

  2. Two fixes:
    1. *Professor* Gil Kalai
    2. Not "Bill Preston" but Bill Thurston (known from the geometrization hypothesis which was solved not long ago and incidentally solved the Poincaré hypothesis).

  3. No Ben Ner, any kind of death, or death condolences are not real.
    Indeed, today it is common to think that conspiracy following a loved one is a higher death.

    Of course, in truth there is no difference between one such death and another, and between the death of a professor or a beggar.

  4. My dear father, I was not looking for a subtext, and I did not refer to the words of the interviewees. Simply when a person of Shrem's type is killed in such unusual circumstances, there is room for suspicion. And regardless - with all due respect to the boss, I would not say that he is the supreme authority to determine that it was an accident and nothing else. Sometimes there are also things under the surface...

  5. It is also possible that Prof. simply enjoys climbing. Climbing accidents happen.

    It's a shame to lose such a wonderful mind. I'm just glad we got to host him here.

  6. To Ami Bachar
    In my opinion, there is something fake and unreal in your response.
    A. Not sure that this is what he really "liked the most".
    Maybe there were other things he liked to do more?
    I think there were.
    B. Why should a man die for what he does?
    "What he likes the most"?
    third. You create from nothing, as if a mother died at the time
    That he "did what he loved the most" after all, so to speak
    Enjoying his death or, that his death has some positive value
    or comfort value.
    In my opinion his death was unnecessary and for nothing. Extremely harmful in every respect, especially to his family and children.
    Fr. Shrem erred in his judgment when he took on himself an excessive and insufficiently calculated risk. It's possible that he has the flap syndrome who wants to prove to himself and those around him that there is a macho hidden inside the flap. (The versatile man - "Machelf").

  7. I also join in the condolences.

    Unfortunately, the vanity ad actually raised another issue in my mind,
    Three out of six are Israelis...

    Sadness mixed with frustration

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