With sadness we report here the passing of Professor Ying-Ming Liu on July 15, 2016 in Chengdu China at the age of 76, who was a world-renowned scholar, a Fellow of IFSA, and a pioneer of China’s fuzzy logic society.
Born in 1940 in Fuzhou city of Fujian Province of China, Ying-Ming Liu graduated from Peking University in 1963 and joined Sichuan University since then. He was granted Academician of Chinese Academy of Science in 1995, and served as Vice President of Sichuan University in 1989-2005.
Starting from 1970/80s, Professor Liu was among the greatest of fuzzy mathematics scholars worldwide in contributing to fuzzy topology through a series of innovative efforts, including a fuzzy-point approach to fuzzy topology, a method on stratification structure of mappings, the lattice valued Dieudonne-Tong insertion theorem, simple approximation of multivariate functions, etc. Part of his work was reflected in the monograph “Fuzzy Topology” (co-authored with Maokang Luo) published by World Scientific Publisher in 1997.
Besides his academic achievements, he made remarkable contributions to the infrastructure of the community of fuzzy sets inside and outside China. He was one of the founders of the Fuzzy Mathematics and Systems Association of China (FMSAC). He chaired FMSAC from 1985 to 2001, and was the honorary chairman of FMSAC since 2001. He was a member of the Editorial Board of Fuzzy Sets and Systems 1983–2006, and advisory editor since 2007. He served as the General Chair of 2005 IFSA World Congress (IFSA2005) in Beijing. He was an advisory editor of Iranian Journal of Fuzzy Systems since 2004.
There may be no greater memorial tribute to Professor Liu than that his colleagues and students continue working hard as much as he devoted to in fostering the development of fuzzy set theories and applications in China and the world.
Prof. Fu-Gui Shi
Note this man was one of our editorial board member.