Jerrold Eldon Marsden, the Carl F. Braun Professor at Caltech, passed away on September 21, 2010 at the age of 68. Professor Marsden was the chair of the ICMS programme committee from 1994 to 1997: a post in which he strongly influenced the development of the centre and the crucial choice of workshops.
Marsden was one of the world’s leading experts in theoretical mechanics: including fluid mechanics, elasticity, control theory, dynamical systems, and numerical methods. His research led to practical advances in, among other things, spacecraft mission design, the modelling of turbulence, and the design of underwater vehicles.
Jerry, as he was always known, was much loved as a colleague and teacher and received numerous awards for both research and teaching. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.
Caltech have set up a website “In Memory of Jerry Marsden” for people to post their remembrances and it also includes information regarding a planned memorial service for Jerry.