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Melvin F. Janowitz

Melvin F. Janowitz, part-time associate director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) located at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, passed away on December 8, 2015. He was 86.

DIMACS is a joint project, whose direct participants are Rutgers University, Princeton University, AT&T Labs - Research, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Applied Communication Sciences, and NEC Laboratories America. DIMACS was founded in 1989 with a prestigious "science and technology center" award from the National Science Foundation to create a center for the advancement of science and technology with a national scope.

Janowitz joined DIMACS in 2000 after leaving the University of Massachusetts as professor emeritus in mathematics and statistics. During his time at DIMACS, he organized and participated in a wide variety of events held there and elsewhere and remained active in research.

The publication of his book, Ordinal and Relational Clustering, on the eve of his 81st birthday was a particular source of pride. The book was written from a mathematical perspective that was described as “innovative” by Mathematical Reviews, which said, “This book should be read by anyone doing clustering who is even remotely interested in a mathematical model of what the algorithms do and why they work. It belongs in every library and makes for an ideal text for beginning graduate students (or even advanced undergraduates) who want to explore an interdisciplinary topic with a wealth of applications.”

Janowitz's professional associations included the American Mathematical Society, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians, and the Classification Society of North America.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

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