Magoroh Maruyama

April 2, 1929March 16, 2018
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Magoroh Maruyama was born on April 2, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan. He passed away in San Diego, California on March 16, 2018.

“Some people fit established categories and are easy to classify. Their thinking and their work fit neatly into the existing social and conceptual order. (…) Their contributions to knowledge are incremental without being disturbing. Such people are easy to understand, to work and get along with. They form the bulk of academe and of the research establishment, and are the mainstay of the intellectual and social order. More often than not, they are also not very original.

“Emphatically, however, Maruyama does not belong to this class of people. By temperament and by historical circumstance he is an outsider. He does not fit. Because he does not fit the established order of things and ideas, he disturbs settled views. As a disturber, he is very successful indeed; and, therefore, very unsuccessful in finding permanent employment, a place, an institution which would allow him to make unhindered and full use of his extraordinary mental capacity and creative energy. Instead, he spends his life moving around the world, one year here, another year elsewhere. In his unending quest for a place which he would fit into, or, perhaps, which would fit him, he changes institutions, countries, languages, cultures and continents.”

— Jerzy A. Wojciechowski, 1994

From "Mindscapes: The Epistemology of Magoroh Maruyama", edited by Michael T. Caley and Daiyo Sawada (Gordon and Breach Science Publishers S.A.)


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Pierrette Duriez

April 5, 2018

Magoroh was my first husband. He introduced me to a variety of new experiences, music, food, travel. We spoke French at home. When his mother came to visit, she and I would try our broken English, Magoroh and his mother would speak Japanese and, of course, he and I in French. It made dinner conversation hilarious.

Per Nyfelt

April 3, 2018

I was acquainted to Professor Maruymas work in the late 80's through my Psychology professor William Dockens III who knew Professor Maruyama from his time in Sweden. We started corresponding a few years later. His novel ideas on a wide area of subject matters impressed me greatly and after some time his writings started to influence my whole life. I will always be immensely grateful to him for opening so many doors to creative thinking and to the profundity of interactive heterogenistics that he explained so well in many of his articles. He was truly a great man that contributed to many areas of science.

John Gammack

March 26, 2018

I first met Professor Maruyama in Budapest in 1992 and was inspired by his work and his being. We corresponded for some time after that and he always sent me interesting letters and reprints. Today I was referring his work to a colleague and when searching online was sad to discover he had recently passed. He was an inspiration to many others too. My condolences to his loved ones.