Maxim Bruckheimer




It is with much sadness that we record the passing of Maxim Bruckheimer, who passed away on the 16th April 2020, at the age of 84.

Maxim came to the UK as a child when his parents had to leave Germany because of Nazi persecution. He attended Holloway School in the late 1940's and early 1950's becoming a prefect, and where he excelled in mathematics.

He received his B.A. in Mathematics in 1957 and Ph.D. (in differential geometry) in 1960 from Southampton University. Maxim had established a close relationship with Donald Mansfield, the Head of Maths at Holloway and they co-authored a number of books for students and teachers in the 1960s and 70s.

After lecturing in mathematics at the City University, in 1969 Maxim became one of the founders of the Open University. He was appointed Dean and Director of Studies of the Mathematics Faculty. He was responsible for the first multimedia courses that gave the university a worldwide reputation.

In 1974 he emigrated to Israel to help set up the Everyman University which was modelled on the Open University and was later renamed the Open University of Israel. He was appointed their first Director of Studies.

In 1986, he was appointed Professor of Mathematics Education, Head of the Department of Science Teaching, and the Mathematics Group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, where he worked until his retirement in 2000. Maxim led many research and development projects in mathematics education and always with his characteristic academic excellence and towards an impact on the educational system for the benefit of all students and their teachers. He authored and co-authored tens of scholarly articles in many research and teacher journals.

Maxim's academic legacy is alive as the research and development projects at the Department of Science Teaching are based on the philosophy he designed as a guideline for work - developing up-to-date and research-based rich learning and teaching materials and learning environments, implementing and evaluating them in iterative cycles, all in full coordination ​ with the Israeli education system and in collaboration with research scientists of the Weizmann Institute.

After retiring, Maxim devoted his life to charity and to his large family: five children, plenty of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

RH