Wenbo's death is a real tragedy. I remember very well the great hikes I did with him, in Santa Fe 2006 and in Banff 2009. He and his great mathematics will be much missed. Condolences to his family..
I've just learned this shocking news. Hard to believe. I first met Wenbo in 2004 and then met him a few times on conferences. Last year he visited Edmonton, delivered a seminar talk, and invited me to visit him. He was extremely friendly and enthusiastic. My deepest condolences to his family.
I was shocked to learn of Wenbo's passing. He was a talented mathematician and an ebullient person. Best wishes to his family.
I'm shocked to hear this sad news...
I took his probability class in 2009. He is a very knowledgeable and nice professor. My sincere condolences to his family
I first met Prof. Wenbo Li in China in 2006 when I was a undergrad student, and I believe that was the very first probability seminar talk I attended. Afterwards, I was able to meet with Prof. Li several times in USA and each time we meet, Prof. Li would lead us a walk and tell enlightening stories. I still remember that once after I made my contributed talk in a seminar he came to me, immediately and eagerly, "Good talk! But make your font larger next time so everyone could see!"
The last email Prof. Li sent to me was two months ago including words "see you in March at SSP meeting". I was so shocked to learn at the meeting that it is impossible ever to meet again. My deep condolences to Prof. Li's family.
I first met Wenbo in 1995 when I was a young assistant professor at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. I recall with fond memories my interactions with him, Paul, David and Vince on my trips to the nearby UDEL. This usually involved some beer and Crabs. I always thought of Wenbo as a great scholar and dedicated father, as I recall him speaking often about playing Hockey with his son. He was very enthusiastic about his work. Although we are hardly in the same research area, I recall from time to time his enthusiastic explanation to me of the sock-sorting problem he worked on. I recall also how nervous he was when being considered for promotion to associate professor. I, given his stellar record, wondered why he would be worried at all, but my impression is that this was a clear indication of his humility. I was happy to see Wenbo more recently on several of his visits to Hong Kong. He was still a man full of energy, still talking about his son and we still had a few jokes about the coldness in his hometown of Harbin. A very nice man that I shall miss.
I have only known Wenbo personaly since we met at a conference in Banff last spring and I just learnt about his passing. We then shared a drink and had some very enjoyable conversation. He was a very nice and enthusiastic man and I will certainly remember this time with him. He offered me to visit him in Delaware sometime, which I regret I won't be able to. His passing is a very sad news for the probability family and I send my condolences to his family and friends.
I only got to know about Wenbo's tragic death today and am completely shocked. I am grateful to have spent a very nice evening with him and other friends at a conference at the IMA in Minneapolis only a few weeks ago. We have lost a great probabilist and a dear friend.
My sincere condolences go to Wenbo's family.
I am shocked to hear the sad news.
The last time I met him was at the Spring School in Probability at Dubrovnik, Croatia. He gave a lecture enthusiastically, which I enjoyed a lot. It was also a fun chatting with him....
My sincere condolences to Wenbo's family.
The 15th century Indian saint Kabir wrote/sang:
"Kabira, jab ham paida hue
Jag hanse, ham roye.
Aisi karani kar chalo,
Ham hase jag roye"
which roughly translates to:
"Kabir says, when I came into the world,
the world laughed, I cried.
Such I will act before I depart,
that I laugh, the world cries."
Wenbo was bursting with vitality and experienced life to its fullest while he could. I only knew him personally for a little over a year (although I had known of his mathematical work for many years), but we became friends during these last months through many meetings. Even during this short time, he played a significant role in my life, since he was instrumental in my move from Yale to Delaware. I was keenly looking forward to working with him as a colleague, and I will miss him terribly. I can only imagine what those who knew him better must feel, not to mention his family, and offer my heartfelt condolences to Sunny and James.
I will particularly cherish the time we had together in Huntsville, Alabama, where Wenbo gave a beautiful series of lectures on small deviation probabilities. On the Friday afternoon following the meeting, we took off along with Ruslan Pusev and Yimin Xiao to the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, where we learnt about (and saw) the manufacturing process. As usual, Wenbo's curiosity and energy were in ample evidence.
I imagine Wenbo laughing somewhere.
He was a really good person and mathematician. My condolences to his family.
First, I would like to share my deepest sympathy with Wenbo's family. Wenbo was a wonderfully inspiring member of our probability community, always ready to engage in mathematics and share his insights. I remember his sensitive and caring ways, as well as his eagerness to do mathematics and get involved with new research problems. His liveliness and enthusiasm were contagious, and we were all the better for it. I shall miss our hikes together and all the good conversations that went with them. Wenbo was a good man, and though he will be sorely missed, his spirit will live on with us.
My sincere condolences to Wenbo's family. He was a very kind person and a mathematician eager to share his passion for research. His death will sadden many.
I was saddened to hear of Wenbo's passing. A short time ago, we had lunch together in Minneapolis and we looked forward to meeting in the future. Wenbo's warm nature and positive attitude were a great benefit to the department. He was a great teacher, researcher and colleague. Sincere condolences to his wife and son, from Phil and Alice.
Wenbo and I were colleagues at Delaware 1993-2001. In fact, he was the first to give me advice on my then brand-new job there.
My husband Jim and I fondly recall dinners at a Chinese restaurant with friends, including Sunny and Wenbo, and even a marvelous Chinese dinner at their home.
I last saw Wenbo on a hiking trail in the Canadian Rockies a couple of years ago. He was at a workshop at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS), and I drove up to Banff from Calgary to say hello to some old friends and colleagues.
Our condolences to the family.
My condolences to his family. I was his student back in 2000, his enthusiasm and energy were amazing. You will be missed Wenbo.
I still can not believe that Dr. Li pass away. I took his probability class on 2000 when I first come to UD. I was so impressed by his passionate, knowledge and humor. He is such a great teacher. You will be remembered in our memory. My deepest condolences and best wishes go to his family.
I would frequently talk to Wenbo. We did not work in the same area but we shared a love for Mathematical Analysis.
I appreciated very much his energy, enthusiasm and passion for research and mathematics, his deep care for the Department, colleagues and particularly students and visitors. Everything Wenbo did, he did with his heart into it.
Despite his busy schedule, Wenbo found time to notice little things that bring us closer as humans.
Very recently I saw Wenbo in the coffee room as always energetic and smiling, and told him that I got this great green tea from China but I can not really make it properly. He said "don't you have those little net-balls?" he went on explaining to me an elaborated process of making perfect tea and left.
Next morning I found in my mailbox an envelope with the tea maker.
Wenbo had bought it in China Town in Philadelphia. I am very happy to have this little gift from Wenbo.
Wenbo left with us so many memories. He will be fondly remembered all the time.
Wenbo was first my professor and then my colleague. I am still shocked by this sad news. With his passing, I lost a role model and a great colleague. Wenbo, you will be greatly missed by all the people you have touched in your life. My deep condolence to Wenbo's family -- you will be in my prayers.
We met at several workshops starting from 2003 in Oberwolfach and I was touched by the friendly support and warmth emanated from him. He was very energetic and cheerful person, at the same time delicate and attentive, very honest and inspiring mathematician. We were waiting for Wenbo here in St.Petersburg this summer. It is very-very sad that this will not happen.
First of all my deep condolences to Wenbo's family for their loss.
Of course, I was shocked by the news
of his untimely passing.
Wenbo was here, in Atlanta, in early December giving our last Seminar of the
Academic Year. After his talk, we went to a French restaurant where he had
snails (a delicacy we both enjoy).
During his visit here, many people (in particular, myself) were eager to talk mathematics with him, and indeed, many did. On the last day of his visit,
I see ourselves walking together from my office to the metro for him to catch
his plane. It was a beautiful late and sunny morning. We shook hands, looking forward to our interactions on the organization committee of the next High Dimensional Probability conference and he left. He is dearly missed.
Such sad & unexpected news. Prof. Li was a member of my PhD committee back in 1998. He offered excellent advice in a gentle, encouraging way.
My condolences to his family.
I was shell-shocked to hear the tragic news of Wenbo's demise. My most recent meeting with Wenbo was at the IMA only two weeks ago. Brimming with characteristic enthusiasm, he described a host of problems he was excited about, including some that he planned to present to high-school students.
Wenbo lived mathematics through every pore of his body. Every conversation with him always left me inspired by his energy, passion and joie de vivre. His passing leaves a significant void in the probability community, and humanity at large. His absence will be sorely felt.
My deepest condolences to his family.
This was a terrible and sad shock. I met Wenbo in several conferences, enjoying his company there and sometimes just afterwards. I particularly remember our last meeting at the XIth CLAPEM in Venezuela where he was joined by Sunny. There was lots of swimming and we made a tour of Caracas afterwards and he gave me some very useful mathematical suggestions. He was a "larger than life" person and great fun to be with. He also seemed very kind. From the way I feel the loss I can hardly imagine how it can be for Sunny and for their son: I hope they can be strong and send my deep sympathy and warmest wishes.
My heartfelt condolences to Wenbo's family.
This is a hard to believe news for an energetic person like Wenbo. I am deeply saddened to hear it. I will forever remember Wenbo as a colleague and friend with warm personality and great hospitality. Wenbo, you will be in our fond memory.
Jin Feng and Jie Jia