[ALGTOP-L] Richard Kane

joseph neisendorfer jneisendorfer at gmail.com
Fri Oct 1 10:14:30 EDT 2010


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It is my sad duty to inform the mathematical community, especially those who
are in the field of algebraic topology, that Richard Kane of the University
of Western Ontario, passed away in London, Ontario on October 1, 2010.   He
was 66 years old.  The cause of his death was cancer.


Richard received his BA from the University of Toronto in 1967 and his PhD
from the University of  Waterloo under the direction of Peter Hoffman in
1973. In 2003 the University of Waterloo awarded him its Alumni Achievement
Medal.


Richard Kane is the author of a book on the homology of Hopf spaces and of
another book on reflection groups and invariant theory.  Both books are
highly regarded expositions. He is the author of approximately thirty
research  papers and is well known for his results on torsion in the
cohomology of Hopf spaces.  His methods were varied, ranging from a deep
study of Steenrod operations to applications of extraordinary cohomology
theories.


He has an impressive history of service to his university and to mathematics
in Canada. He was a full professor at the University of Western Ontario and
served two terms as the Chair of the Mathematics Department.  He was a
member of the Royal Society of Canada and  served terms as the President and
also as the Vice President of the Canadian Mathematical Society.  He served,
often as the chair, on many committees for Western Ontario, the CMS, and
NSERC.


For his contributions, he was chosen by the CMS as the winner of the
inaugural David Borwein Distinguished Career Award and of the 2006
Distinguished Service Award.


Richard has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in
Princeton, Barcelona, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Aberdeen, San Diego,
and Sidney.


He possessed a strong serene integrity.  He was a loyal and gracious
presence to his family, to his friends, to his colleagues, and to his
students.  He will be missed by all who knew him.


He is survived by his wife Jo anne, his son Michael, his daughter Jennifer,
and his sister Margaret.



Joseph Neisendorfer

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sessed a strong serene integrity.=A0 He was a loyal and gracious presence t=
o his family, to his friends, to his colleagues, and to his students.=A0 He=
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