David Shoikhet at Sixty Mark Agranovsky, Mark Elin, and Lawrence Zalcman David Shoikhet was born on April 26, 1953 in Odessa and attended the public schools in that city. In 1970, having completed his secondary education at a school specializing in mathematics and physics, David entered Krasnoyarsk State University (KSU), where just a few years earlier, Lev Aizenberg had founded the Department of Mathematical Analysis. In 1976, he graduated KSU with an M.Sc. thesis entitled “On Univalent Functions in Complex Spaces,” written under the supervision of A.P. Yuzhakov. For the next fourteen years, David held simultaneously a teaching position in the Department of Higher Mathematics at the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Non- Ferrous Metals (KINM) and a research position at the Institute of Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1983, with a thesis entitled “On the Solvability of Operator Equations with Analytic Non-linearities,” written under the direction of Yuzhakov and Victor Khatskevich. At KINM, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 1983 and to Associate Professor in 1985, and at the Institute of Physics to Senior Research Fellow in 1985 and Senior Research Associate in 1988. In 1990, the Shoikhets moved to Israel. Shortly thereafter, David joined the faculty of the recently established ORT Braude College in Karmiel. From the very beginning, David took the lead in raising the academic level of the nascent insti- tution, founding the Department of Mathematics and serving as its first Chairman from 1992 to 2008. During this period, he played a pivotal role in the develop- ment of new courses and syllabi and the recruitment of strong researchers to the Department. At the same time, he became actively associated with the Technion, first as an Adjunct Senior Teaching Associate (1991-1996) and then as an Adjunct Professor (1996-2008) and Visiting Professor (1999-2003). In 2002, David became the first regular faculty member to be promoted to the rank of (Full) Professor at ORT Braude and in 2008, he was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at ORT Braude, a position he filled with great distinction until 2014. Shoikhet’s research, contained in over a hundred published papers and five research monographs, focusses on the interaction of nonlinear analysis and complex analysis, dynamical systems and operator theory. In view of its sheer volume, a detailed account of this work is obviously out of the question. Accordingly, we content ourselves with simply mentioning a few of the high points. Together with his long-time collaborators, Victor Khatskevich and Simeon Reich, David initiated the systematic study and development of the theory of nonlinear semigroups of holomorphic mappings in infinite dimensional Banach xi
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