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Maurice Boffa (1939–2001)

Maurice Boffa

Maurice Boffa headed the department of Mathematical Logic from 1973 upto his death in 2001.

A special issue of the Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society, collects papers presented in the occasion of his sixtieeth birthday: Crabbé M., Michaux C., Point F.(editors), A Tribute to Maurice Boffa (1939–2001).

Maurice Boffa died of lung cancer on May 29, 2001, at the age of 61, among his friends in Brussels, Belgium. Since 1973, he was Professor of Mathematical Logic at the University of Mons-Hainaut. He also held a part-time position at the Free University of Brussels, where he had been a student of Georges Papy. He played a fundamental role in the development of mathematical logic in Belgium; the seminar in Brussels that he created and animated brought together most French speaking Belgian logicians. Many of the current Belgian logicians were his students. His wide ranging research interests included set theory, model theory, automata theory, and group theory, although he perhaps exercised his greatest influence in work dealing with Quine's New Foundations. Boffa's life revolved around mathematics, which he loved to discuss, but he also took great pleasure in playing jazz piano, collecting books on varied subjects, and having a beer or glass of red wine with his friends. His wife Michelle an he formed a couple well-known for their hospitality. He had a very clear mind that showed in the questions he asked, in his lectures, and his numerous concisely written papers.