Celebratio Mathematica

Murray Rosenblatt

Precious memories

by Magda Peligrad

I would like to start by cit­ing a com­ment made by a Mur­ray Rosen­blatt ad­mirer, Pro­fess­or Wal­ter Phil­ipp. In a meet­ing, where Mur­ray was present, Wal­ter men­tioned that math­em­aticians are of three types: sol­diers, her­oes, and gen­er­als. He fur­ther ex­plained that the “sol­diers” are do­ing gen­er­al­iz­a­tions, the “her­oes” solve some dif­fi­cult prob­lems, while “gen­er­als” in­vent im­port­ant fields. Then he thanked Mur­ray for in­vent­ing, among oth­ers, the field of lim­it the­or­ems for mix­ing struc­tures, which was em­braced by many math­em­aticians. I am among those who worked in this field in­ven­ted by Mur­ray. I fin­ished my PhD abroad, but I con­sider Mur­ray as one of my ad­visers. After my ar­rival in the United States, I con­tac­ted him and asked for a let­ter of re­com­mend­a­tion. He was ex­tremely kind, and he helped me get a job even be­fore we met in per­son. I had many op­por­tun­it­ies to meet Mur­ray and his wife in many pro­fes­sion­al meet­ings, in the US and abroad. We were very proud when he gave the key ad­dress at the first Cin­cin­nati Sym­posi­um in Prob­ab­il­ity The­ory in 1987, which was sup­por­ted by the Taft Found­a­tion. I felt very honored when he ac­cep­ted to give the open­ing talk of my 60th birth­day con­fer­ence on “Lim­it The­or­em for De­pend­ent Data and Ap­plic­a­tions”, held in 2010 Par­is, France.

I would like to take this op­por­tun­ity to ex­press my ad­mir­a­tion for his gen­i­al work, for his im­mense kind­ness, and his lu­min­ous per­son­al­ity. I con­sider my­self very lucky to work in the field Mur­ray pi­on­eered, to have met him in so many oc­ca­sions and for the fact that he ad­op­ted me as one of his stu­dents.

Mag­da Pe­li­grad is Charles Phelps Taft Pro­fess­or of Math­em­at­ics at the Uni­versity of Cin­cin­nati.