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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lap Chi Lau

Avner is a very generous friend and teacher. I was not his
phd student but he was very generous with his time. In our
meetings he taught me his expertise on geometric analysis
and semidefinite programming; he shared his vision and
passion about research; he read my manuscripts carefully and
gave very useful comments; he listened patiently and gave
advice about my career; he shared his passions and
experiences about climbing and his life; he gave tips about
how to be a better father... And of course he did all these
with his wonderful humor! We interacted not for a long
time, but he has great influence on me. I have learnt a
great deal from him and he set up a great model for me to
follow. His spirit will always be in our memory.


  1. אנחנו מרגישים צער רב על מותו של אבנר.
    מחבקים את הדס והמשפחה ומאחלים שלא תדעו עוד צער.
    אלדד וטלי

  2. שטרנזיס מוטי ואסנתJune 4, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    מששתתפים בצערכם אין מילים לתאר את הכאב שאנו
    חשים בעובדן אבנר הבעל והאב המסור המדען המבריק
    מחבקים אתכם מרחוק .
    חיזקו ותנחמו
    אסנת ומוטי שטרנזיס