Here's what's upcoming:
- Avi Wigderson's 60th celebration before FOCS in New Jersey, October 5-8. Avi is a giant in computational complexity and the event has an amazing line-up of speakers.
- Albert Meyer's retirement celebration at MIT, November 11.
- Rod Downey's 60th symposium in New Zealand, January 5-8.
- Eric Allender and Michael Saks will have a joint 60th celebration at DIMACS in New Jersey, January 26-27.
Surely I've missed some. Feel free to add in the comments.
Theoretical computer science has a tradition of holding a symposium in honor of a 60th birthday, typically organized by the PhD students. I co-organized such a celebration for my advisor Michael Sipser two years ago. 60 is a good age, a time to look back but not quite the end of a career.
The first 60th I attended was for Juris Hartmanis, one of the founders of computational complexity, back in 1988 at the 3rd Structure in Complexity Theory (now Computational Complexity Conference) meeting in DC. The conference announcement required everyone to wear a jacket and tie, the first and probably last time I will see a bunch of complexity theorists all dressed up.
Juris was also the first faculty retirement I attended in 2001 at Cornell. Retirement celebrations are generally organized by the department.
Many of the first generation of CS theorists from the 60's and 70's are hitting retirement age. The 1980s saw an explosion in CS theory PhDs and many of them turn 60 in the near future. Expects lots of celebrations, great speakers and remembering many great careers.