Renowned mathematician Solomon Marcus dies at 91

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Mathematician Solomon Marcus, member of the Mathematical Section of the Romanian Academy died at the C.C. Iliescu Institute in Bucharest on Thursday morning, at the age of 91.

Solomon Marcus was born in Bacau on March 1, 1925. He graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Bucharest and conducted research on mathematical analysis, mathematical linguistics, theoretical computer science, mathematic poetics, semiotics, the history and philosophy of science.

Throughout his career that spanned over five decades, Marcus published numerous inter-disciplinary studies, books analyzing the use of mathematics in linguistic studies, theater analysis, natural and social science.

Solomon Marcus published over 50 books which were translated in more than 11 languages as well as about 400 articles in scientific journals. He is quoted by more than a thousand authors, including mathematicians, computer scientists, linguists, literary researchers, semioticians, anthropologists and philosophers.

He is recognised as one of the initiators of mathematical linguistics and of mathematical poetics, and has been a member of the editorial board of tens of international scientific journals covering all his domains of interest.

Marcus is featured in People and Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science. A collection of his papers in English followed by some interviews and a brief autobiography was published in 2007 as Words and Languages Everywhere.

President Klaus Iohannis presented his condolences to all those who “love” Solomon Marcus, adding that the academician “will always remain in our souls and thoughts for the tenacity, wisdom and love with which he achieved his life and career.”

The Culture ministry also sent condolences to the mathematician’s family. “The ministry laments for the death of professor and academician Solomon Marcus, a multi-disciplinary personality of the Romanian culture who leaves behind a scientific work with universal valences.”

”The Romanian Academy is deeply saddened to inform about the passing of academician Solomon Marcus, a well-reputed scientists with a solid international career developed along more than 65 years. (…) The Romanian Academy is suffering today a great loss. It is a great loss to the Romanian science, culture and society,” the Romanian Academy told a press release.

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