Prof. Benjamin Lax (1915–2015) was born in Hungary and immigrated to this country in 1926. The Lax family settled in Brooklyn, New York. Ben attended public grammar and high schools in Brooklyn, graduating in 1936 from Boys High School with awards in mathematics, science, and languages. During the academic year 1936–1937, he attended Brooklyn College, where he received first prizes in two mathematics competitions. In 1937, he entered Cooper Union Institute of Technology in New York City, where he held the Schweinburg Scholarship for four years. In 1941, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and with honors in mathematics.