He was a truly wonderful person; a beloved son, husband and father; and a treasured friend and colleague.
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Thursday, 14 January 2010
from Sham Kakade
I met Sam as TA in John Hopfield’s AI/neuro course during my last undergrad year at Caltech. Due to Sam’s dedication to TAing, he was a big factor in me switching into machine learning, and, later, in me going the Gatsby unit. We overlapped in London for his postdoc where he was both a great colleague professionally and a close friend personally. His level of energy was fantastic — when we were climbing, skiing, jamming on problems, (even when he was my TA), he could push me to my limit like few others. This level of energy combined with his positivity were inspiring to me and all who new him.