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Prof. Avner Magen was a brilliant scholar, making fundamental contributions to a number of areas of theoretical computer science that include metric embeddings, sublinear algorithms, convex programming, computational geometry and approximation algorithms.

Avner completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2002, under the supervision of Prof. Nati Linial. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at NEC Research in Princeton, New Jersey, from 2000 until 2002. He joined the University of Toronto in 2002, first as a postdoctoral fellow, and then as an Assistant Professor in 2004. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009.

Avner was a wonderful colleague with a terrific sense of humor, great energy, and tremendous warmth. He was a dedicated research supervisor and a superb teacher whose mentorship inspired his students and those around him. He was one of theoretical computer science's most creative researchers. The loss of such mathematical talent will have a profound impact on his colleagues, students, and the entire research community.

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