About Ron Graham
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is being prepared by the obvious suspect for
love that they have been sharing in
and in mathematics.
Several mathematical areas were started by
Ron's work, such
as worst case analysis in
on-line algorithms and amortized analysis in the
Graham's scan in
Computational Geometry, and of course, his favorite
Ramsey Theory, and the work on quasi-randomness.
Ron's mathematics was highlighted
in the nomination article
written by Gian-Carlo Rota
for the first contested election of AMS President.
He received the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2003.
The book "Magical Mathematics", coauthored with Persi Diaconis, was
published October 2011 and here are reviews in NY Times
A great teacher
Ron is much adored by his many students
at UC San Diego.
He was voted to receive the
Best Teacher award in 2015.
for Telecommunication and Information Technology,
UC San Diego.
Irwin and Joan Jacobs
Computer Science and Engineering of UCSD.
"Here is a picture that Ron and Tom talked about putting routers
all over the globe---way before Akamai was built." said
at Ron's party.
Ex President of the International
Ron was involved in creating
and numerous new juggling tricks for site swaps
(see "Drops and descents" with Joe Buhler
and several other math papers).
Ron has many juggling students including Steve Mills.
There is a 20-minute video of Ron teaching the connection between juggling and mathematics
high school students.
Also, there is a link to a video on "The secret to juggling".
Here is another video on teaching juggling in a segment of Live from Bell Labs.
Ex Chief-Tech-Honcho at AT&T
"When Ron first went to
Bell Labs, some friends said that it could be the end
of his research. Well, he
made this place the
center of focus in research.
He held a series of titles, some were first or one of a kind,
'Adjunct Director', 'Assistant Vice President', to 'Chief Scientist'
'Emeritus Chief Scientist'.
He had a ball at the
labs. Indeed, there was a great
when he finally left there in 1999."
Guinness Book of World Records
"The highest number ever used in a mathematical proof is a bounding value
published in 1977 and known as
The biggest number in the universe.
Here is a nice video about Graham's number by
Catalyst and also in Wait But Why..
The monster proof
"This is perhaps the most complicated set of recurrences that
will ever be solved", said D. E. Knuth.
Bouncing Bears and the bungee trampoline
In college days,
Ron was part of a circus act,
called the Bouncing Bears.
He was on stage with Cirque du Soleil and in
an issue of
Discover magazine about
Science of the Circus.
He was a qualified
judge for international trampoline competitions and
has a unique bungee
for daily exercise.
With perfect tones,
gave an eloquent
in Chinese to
President Jiang of PRC.
Ron in Youtube:
Happy Ending problem, and
Ripley's believe it or not
cartoons by John de Pillis.
Big Thinker Lecture, Computer and
The Shortest Network problem
20 Ideas in Research,
Too big to write but not too big for Graham.
Publication list (recently completed
thanks to Steve),
math awareness press,
- Ron's WIKI page|Ron's
birthday celebration at Simon Fraser University June 15-19 2015 and a great gathering of old friends Jan 30-31, 2016 at UCSD.
- Ron has multiple atheletical talents including ping pong, frisbee, boomerang, ice skating, and, of course, juggling and trampoline.
- A nice video (20 minutes)
Something New Every Day
about Ron filmed by
- Star in the short film
"Chasing the world's largest number",
12 segments, 22 minutes in total.