Lawrence Allen Zalcman 1943–2022

Lawrence Allen Zalcman was born on June 9, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri (USA). Larry attended Dartmouth College, graduating from there in 1964. Afterwards he went to MIT, where he received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Kenneth Hoffman in 1968. He then became Assistant Professor at Stanford University. In 1970–1971 he took a leave from Stanford to visit the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1972 he became Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, being promoted to the rank of full professor in 1974. Further visits to Israel followed, to the Weizmann Institute, the Technion, the Hebrew University and Bar-Ilan University. Overall the Zalcman family spent about one third of the period 1970–1981 in Israel. Eventually, in 1985, Bar-Ilan University made him an “offer he couldn’t refuse”. Larry became the Lady Davis Chair in Mathematics at Bar-Ilan University and moved with his family to Israel for good. He remained at Bar-Ilan University ever since. Larry passed away on May 31, 2022, in Jerusalem.


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