Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture
in Mathematics

Tuesday, February 3, 2004
4:15 p.m.
151 Sloan


Herchel Smith Professor of Mathematics
Harvard University

will deliver the

Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture

"Elliptic curves and modular forms"

AbstractI will introduce the study of rational points on curves via some old problems. I will then focus on the special case of elliptic curves and indicate how modular forms play an important role in their study.



Richard Lawrence Taylor earned a B.A. from Cambridge University in England in 1984 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1988. He is now a professor at Harvard University.

Taylor is a world leader in number theory, working in the confluence of many areas including elliptic curves, modular forms, and the representations of Galois groups. He has several important and original works to his credit. Besides his celebrated collaboration with Andrew Wiles in the proof of Fermatís Last Theorem, he has contributed to the proofs of Artinís conjecture for an infinite family of icosahedral Galois representations and the local Langlands conjecture for GL(n), and has also made important progress on the Fontaine-Mazur conjecture.

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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.


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