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Sad Passing: Mihai Patrascu

Preiau de pe blogul prof. Michael Mitzenmacher My Biased Coin o stire foarte trista ­čÖü

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Mihai Patrascu, aged 29, passed away on Tuesday June 5, 2012, after a
1.5 year battle with brain cancer. Mihai's carreer was short but
explosive, full of rich and beautiful ideas as witnessed, e.g., in his 19
STOC/FOCS papers.

Mihai was very happy about being co-winner of the 2012 EATCS Presburger Young Scientist Award for his ground-breaking work on data
structure lower-bounds. It was wonderful that the community stood up
to applaud this achievement at STOC'12. Unfortunately he will not make it to the award ceremony on July 10 at ICALP. Mihai's appreciation
for the award shows in the last post on his blog
http://infoweekly.blogspot.com/.

I was fortunate enough to be one of Mihai's main collaborators. One of
the things that made it possible to work on hard problems was having
lots of fun: playing squash, going on long hikes, and having beers
celebrating every potentially useful idea.

On this last note, Mihai's wife Mira tells me that she does not want
any flowers and that his funeral will be back in Romanania.
However, she wants people to have a glass of wine in Mihai's memory,
thinking about him as the inspired and fun young man that he was.
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1 Ana { 06.07.12 at 10:30 am }

He attended the same highschool as I do now, and he is a legend around here. We will keep his memory in our hearts for ever.
It 's sad to see how people die so young, when they still have so much to share...

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