Remembering Carlos A. Berenstein (1944–2019)

ML Agranovsky, John Baras, Der-Chen E Chang

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Carlos A. Berenstein passed away on August 24, 2019, after a long illness that did nothing to weaken the memory and love that many of us felt for him. I was his first doctoral student, taking a several complex variables class with him in the fall of 1978, as a new graduate student at the University of Maryland. Carlos was the dream advisor for a young, but passionate, aspiring mathematician. As his beloved daughter Nadia recounted in her beautiful eulogy, he used to answer my naive questions with variations of “this is actually not trivial,” something that encouragedmy willingness to ask questions, and that betrayed his ability to discover depth in apparent simplicity. In the next few paragraphs I will offer a brief overview of Carlos’s work, and the evolution of his wide array of interests. While it is impossible to fully convey the richness of his work, I hope that my notes, complemented by both mathematical and personal remembrances from his friends and colleagues
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1146–1157
Number of pages12
JournalNotices of the American Mathematical Society
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2020


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