Associate Professor Ben Goldys was farewelled by colleagues on Friday 22June after 21 years working in the School.

Ben joined the School in 1991 as a lecturer in the Department of Statistics. He subsequently taught courses at all levels, including several Masters level courses which he introduced. In 2001, Ben was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and became an Associate Professor five years later.

Ben grew up in Poland, where he completed a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics at Warsaw Technical University in 1976. It was a turbulent time in the country when he completed his PhD in 1981. Ben honed his mathematical skills during his years in the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Ben’s research on stochastic partial differential equations, infinite dimensional analysis and stochastic applications is prominent on an international scale. He has published more than 50 scholarly papers on these topics, and has been awarded more than one million dollars in grant income.

He has also presented numerous invited short courses on stochastic processes in the Netherlands, Italy and China. Ben has supervised 11 honours students, 18 Masters students, eight PhD students and five postdoctoral fellows, and was Head of the Department of Statistics from 2008 to 2010.

Head of School A/Prof Bruce Henry describes Ben as a wonderful and invaluable colleague. “He is a deep scholar, a quiet achiever, an intellectual of unquestionable integrity”, A/Prof Henry said.

Ben will be taking up a Professorial appointment as Chair of Mathematical Finance at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney.

A large number of School members gathered last Friday to farewell Ben. A/Prof Henry reflected the sentiments of many when he said that Ben’s “quiet and unique charm”, “fine intellect” and “thoughtful and insightful contributions” will be missed.  

We wish Ben all the very best for the future.