This site is for family, friends, and colleagues of Avner Magen to post their thoughts and memories of him. Avner died in a climbing accident on May 29, 2010, in Alaska.

Avner was a beloved and devoted father, husband and son; a terrifically warm, funny, and energetic person; a brilliant and creative researcher; and a wonderful friend and colleague.

Please share your stories, memories and words of support by sending an email to You may also post comments to any entry. Visit this Photo Site for a photo memorial of Avner and his family and friends. Instructions for adding pictures appear next to the album.

More details appear on the Avner Magen Memorial page.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gil Kalai

I was shocked to hear the terrible news. I remember Avner
from his days as a graduate student here in Jerusalem. Being
Nati's student he is sort of my academic nephew. Already as
a graduate student Avner had achieved important results on
metric embeddings. After Avner graduated we were not in
touch for some years but I always kept hearing great things
about him from common friends and from colleagues. Then
three weeks ago we started a correspondence on a problem
about two families of sets that Avner was thinking about
with his student Siavosh Benabbas. It looked like a very
nice problem and it was fun and interesting talking about it
with Avner. I wish we could go on.

My condolences to Ayelet, the children and to all Avner's

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