|Died||November 12, 2000(aged 77)|
|Alma mater||Delft University|
University of Utrecht
|Thesis||On stress calculations in helicoidal shells and propeller blades (1955)|
|Doctoral advisor||Warner T. Koiter|
|Doctoral students||Onno Boxma|
Cohen was born in a Jewish family, as the son of Benjamin Cohen and Aaltje Klein. Having acquired an autodidact knowledge of mathematics while in hiding during World War II, Cohen got an Engineer's degree (1949) and Ph.D. degree (1955) in mechanical engineering at Delft University, on a dissertation entitled Stress Calculations in Helicoidal Shells and Propeller Blades. He worked as teletraffic engineer with the Telecommunications group at Philips (1950–57), at the applied mathematics department at Delft (1957–73) and University of Utrecht (1973-1998). He was buried in Haifa.
- Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen AKZO prize (1986)
- honorary doctorate from the Technion (1988)
- honorary member of the International Advisory Committee of the International Teletraffic Congress.
- ITC Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Advisory Committee of the International Teletraffic Congress (1997).
- Wim Cohen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Wim Cohen", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews
- Syski, R. (2001). "Remembering Wim Cohen". Journal of Applied Mathematics and Stochastic Analysis. 14: 1–9. doi:10.1155/S1048953301000028.
- Boxma, O. J.; Syski, R. (2001). "Obituary: Jacob Willem Cohen". Journal of Applied Probability. 38 (2): 604. doi:10.1239/jap/996986766.