Passing away of Hedy Attouch

Passing away of Hedy Attouch

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Hedy Attouch, eminent professor emeritus at the University of Montpellier in France.

At this difficult time, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Annie, as well as to all his family and friends. We will remember Hedy as an exceptional mathematician with a big heart.

Professor Hedy Attouch, a prominent French mathematician who developed research in the field of Mathematical Optimization, Variational Analysis and Convex Analysis at institutions such as the CNRS, the University of Montpellier and the University of Perpignan, visited the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) on several occasions. He collaborated in numerous publications with CMM members, such as Luis Briceño, and former CMM members, including Juan Peypouquet (of whom he was part of his PhD committee), Roberto Cominetti and the sadly deceased Felipe Alvarez, whom he also guided in his PhD together with Cominetti. In addition, he was co-author of important leaders in his field, such as the distinguished international researchers of the CMM, Roger Wets and Terry Rockafellar. He received numerous awards, including the Dantzig Prize – which recognizes individuals whose research has had a major impact on the field of mathematical programming – in 2021.


Chers collègues,

C’est avec une immense tristesse que je vous annonce le décès de notre cher ami et collègue, Hedy Attouch. Hedy était un éminent professeur émérite à l’Université de Montpellier.

En ces moments difficiles, nous tenons à exprimer nos sincères condoléances à son épouse, Annie, ainsi qu’à tous ses proches.

Hedy restera gravé dans nos mémoires comme un mathématicien exceptionnel, doté d’un grand cœur.

— Samir Adly, Université de Limoges


Hedy Attouch (1949-2023)

Hedy Attouch was Assistant Professor at the University Paris-Sud, Orsay, from 1971 to 1982 after finishing his studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Cachan) and accomplishing the
aggregation of Mathematics in 1970. In 1976 he accomplished his PhD (Thése de doctorat d’état en Mathématiques) at the University Paris VI under the supervision of H. Brezis with the dissertation entitled “PDE’s associated to subdifferential operators”.

Beginning with 1983, he was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Perpignan, from where he moved to the University Montpellier in 1988, where he was director of the Convex Analysis Laboratory and ACSIOM, and received the distinction of Professor, exceptional class. During his studies, he obtained a six-month grant for a CNRS-NSF post-doctoral position, which marked the departure of his collaboration with R. Wets. At the same period the post-doctoral visiting positions that he obtained at the University of Roma (with U. Mosco) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (with E. De Giorgi) marked the departure of his collaboration with the Italian school of variational analysis.

Attouch has published more than 140 articles in international journals of pure and applied mathematics, as well as 7 books and monographs. As reported by Google Scholar, his work has been cited over 11,000 times, and his h-index is 49. He supervised 26 PhD thesis or Habilitation thesis. All have become full professors or associate professors in French or international universities. Hedy Attouch served as editor in several international journal of mathematics, including SIOPT. Attouch was responsible for several international research programs ANR (French), AFORS (US Air Force), ECOS-Sud (Chile).

Source: SIAM 2021 Prize Booklet (PDF)

Prof. Attouch’s mathematical career in his own words, on the occasion of the celebration of his 60th birthday at the “Variational Analysis and Optimization” meeting in September 2009 in Montpellier:

Biography / mathematical career (PDF)

Posted on Oct 16, 2023 in News