
CURTIS McMULLEN
Professor of Mathematics
Harvard University
will deliver the
Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture
"Billiards"
Abstract: We will discuss new results on
billiards in Lshaped tables, Riemann surfaces of genus two, and curves in
moduli space.
Curtis McMullen earned a B.A. from
Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1980 and studied at
Cambridge University and in Paris before receiving his Ph.D. from
Harvard in 1985. Before becoming a professor at Harvard in 1998, he held
positions at MIT, MSRI, IAS, Princeton, and UC Berkeley.
Dr. McMullen has made fundamental contributions to numerous areas of
mathematics. His work is a fascinating interrelation of hyperbolic
geometry, complex dynamics, and number theory.
In 1998, Dr. McMullen was awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious
prize in mathematics, primarily in recognition for his renormalization
theory in rational dynamics and hyperbolic geometry. In the same year,
he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition
to the Fields Medal, he has received over a dozen other major
mathematical awards. He is the author of two seminal monographs “Complex
dynamics and renormalization” and “Renormalization and 3manifolds which
fiber over the circle.”
The Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial
Lecture was established by friends and family of the late Leonidas Alaoglu in recognition
of his great talents, distinguished contributions to mathematics, and long friendship with
Caltech. The Institute is privileged to honor his memory with a lecture each year by an
outstanding mathematician.
