Professor Mark Joshi will be fondly remembered by former students and colleagues at the University of Melbourne. He was:
- a stimulating teacher of undergraduate students
- an inspiring supervisor of PhD students
- a caring mentor to junior colleagues
- an international leader in the field of financial mathematics
Mark joined the Centre for Actuarial Studies in November 2005, and he taught the theory of financial mathematics with a slant based on his own career and experiences in the financial sector. He was determined that his students should possess both the practical skills and the theoretical knowledge required to be successful in their chosen careers. He paid similar attention to PhD students, building both their academic and professional knowledge, and taking great care to help them obtain suitable placements on graduation.
Mark made leadership contributions as a member of Council, the University’s governing body, and as Director of the Centre for Actuarial Studies. Beyond the University, Mark made a real impact with a series of well-known papers in both pure mathematics and financial mathematics. His passion for teaching shone through in his textbooks, with arguably his best-known work, The Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance, being a standard text at major universities across the world.
Mark’s untimely passing leaves a huge gap in the Centre for Actuarial Studies, but he has left a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to have known him as a teacher, supervisor or colleague.
To honour his contributions and legacy, we are seeking your support. Students, alumni and colleagues are encouraged to donate towards a fund in Mark’s name.