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Gérard Maugin (December 2, 1944 - September 22, 2016)
As was also mentioned by another colleague (http://imechanica.org/node/20391), Prof. Gérard Maugin passed away on September 22, 2016.
The following is a message that my good friend Prof. Marcelo Epstein sent me and a few other colleagues. He has kindly given me permission to share it with you.
Gérard and I were born within an interval of just a few hours and we always joked about it. He used to say that I was his younger version and I would reply what a difference in status a few hours of seniority can make. He was a giant in the field and cared deeply about people. He helped many to advance and be recognized in many countries around the world. He cared also about the history of continuum physics and, thanks to his encyclopaedic knowledge and keen judgment, wrote quite recently a series of amazing books on this subject. His passing may be considered as the closing of an era, namely, the second generation of the continuum mechanics Renaissance that started after WWII. Typical of the masters of this generation is their ability to make original contributions to almost all areas in the field, from Relativity to Biomechanics, from the theory to the applications. Gérard was one of these masters and he will certainly be remembered as such by the community. But for many of us his passing represents also the loss of a dear and admired friend.
I met Gerard twice, once in 2010 in Banff and again in Calgary in 2015. He was a very interesting and energetic fellow. He wrote the following three recent books on the history of continuum mechanics. Although one may not agree with all the historical accounts in these books, they’re written beautifully and I strongly recommend reading them.