Saturday, June 06, 2009
I awoke this morning to find the tragic news of the death of Rajeev Motwani (from Lance and Suresh). I had the pleasure of meeting Rajeev as a Berkeley graduate student and later working with him on FOCS 1998 (he was program chair, I handled local arrangements). He was always encouraging and inspiring, an ambassador for the theory community to the rest of computer science and a role model for graduate students (his many own, and others such as myself). We mourn his passing.