37-year-old math wizard Sam Roweis had an impressive resume — Cal Tech, MIT, a “rising star” at the University of Toronto, Google; tons of grants, fellowships, and honors. He joined the NYU faculty as an associate professor in the Vision Learning Graphics Lab of the Computer Science department last year. Professor David W. Hogg called Roweis’ move to NYU “one of the best things to happen in my work life,” and said “we meet every Thursday to talk and work.”
Roweis and his wife recently had twins. The twins’ care seems to have been an object of a dispute between Roweis and his wife last night, in the course of which he went out the 16th-story window of their Washington Square Village, school-sponsored apartment. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
As is customary in these cases, no one saw it coming.