Marvin Jay Greenberg
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 22, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    United States
  • Date of passing: Dec 12, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Berkeley, California, United States
Let the memory of Marvin Jay be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Marvin Jay Greenberg, 81, born on December 22, 1935 and passed away on December 12, 2017. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ralph Abraham on 13th January 2018

"We met at UC Berkeley 1960, both age 24, kept up over some East Coast years, settled together at UC Santa Cruz in its infancy, suffered parallel family traumas, grew old together. In my view, he was among the most able math people in our department. We retired together, early, in disgust over the corruption of the university, and then kept in touch these twenty-plus years. I will miss him."

This tribute was added by Randy Sugawara on 25th December 2017

"Under a cold winter breeze,  in a small rural Jewish cemetery, the sound of thudding dirt falling six feet upon the unremarkable casket whose remains inside we knew as Jay.  In his ways, simplicity was akin to his hallmark.  He ate when he was hungry, slept when he was tired.  Relieved himself weekly of his desires.  Worked at his computer when motivated.  Sat at the kitchen table in front of his computer for endless hours.  His passing a bitter sweet sorrow.  And still I am harkened to his affable ways of agreement, “Yes ! Yes!”  And we knew a moment of common sharing needed no further words."

This tribute was added by Robert Fuller on 22nd December 2017

"Jay was 81 = 3 to the 4th power. He'd have been happy with the number 81. Also, 81 years comes as close as one can get to equaling 1000 moons (lunar orbits of Earth). In India, one thousand moons is celebrated like no solar anniversary."

This tribute was added by Moses Ma on 22nd December 2017

"Today would have been Marvin Jay’s birthday. Wishing you happy travels into what is beyond. With love and eternal friendship, Moses"

This tribute was added by Victor Pambuccian on 16th December 2017

"With his "Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries" Marvin succeeded in keeping axiomatic geometry alive in a time and place in which it was looked down upon. He took the ethos of the 1970s at UCSC seriously and created a masterpiece with a holistic view of mathematics, trying to make a chapter of the history of mathematics available to those who are willing to embark on the journey. I know that some did, for they were my students."

This tribute was added by Robert Fuller on 15th December 2017

"Jay is acknowledged by mathematicians for having constructed a functor—the "Greenberg functor"—that was used by Serre to prove an important theorem in algebraic geometry. Jay authored a classic text—"Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries"—that has already attained mathematical immortality and will surely confer upon its author a measure of the same."

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