More than one hundred people gathered at the 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2015) in Beijing to honor Gil Strang and celebrate his 80th birthday. The organizers of the event (Alan Edelman and Pavel Grinfeld) had invited select Congress attendees to join in the festivities.
Guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner. After a champagne toast to Gil, Edelman invited participants to come to the microphone and share a brief story about Gil. It was a wonderful way to celebrate one of SIAM’s most esteemed members and a most memorable event.