In memory of our beloved Marvin Knopp who died on December 24, 2011

Many people who loved Marvin were not able to attend his funeral because of the suddenness of his death. For those of you who would like to view the service for my father please click on this YouTube link.

Please note that this link consists of four sequential videos totaling 71 minutes in length.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Camphill Soltane, 224 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania 193434, or to Meir Panim.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A tribute to Marvin

I've heard it said that when a person passes away, a whole world passes away. One of the things that always struck me most in Marvin was how alive in all his activities and presence that world was. Facets of it that I was privileged to experience through my friendship with him included his earlier days in Chicago, his love (a word he did not hesitate to use) for his family and friends, his celebration of his heritage and his belonging to a long-standing academic tradition that embraces the totality of intellectual achievement. Marvin's mathematical activities formed naturally a central part of this world, and therefore it is not surprising that the feeling of joy and humanity in his "doing Math" became immediately clear to those who met him. Likewise, it is not a coincidence that the impact of his work is continually increasing (recent important results refer to papers published by Marvin decades ago) and that the influence of his mathematical ideas is extending to a broader circle of mathematicians. I
believe it is that intense air of life in Marvin's nature and all his activity that made the news of his loss, in a very literal sense, unexpected and hard to come to terms with.