Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
University of California, Los Angeles

will deliver the

1998 Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture

"A Selective History of Invariant Theory"

Tuesday, March 3, 1998
4:15 p.m. // 151 Sloan

Robert Steinberg was born in Romania, but grew up from the age of two in Canada. This was mostly in Toronto where he received all of his formal education, culminating with a Ph.D. in Mathematics written under the direction of Professor Richard Bauer.

Dr. Steinberg gives an understated summary of his professional career: "I then got a job in the UCLA Mathematics Department and I've been there ever since, as an Emeritus since 1992, except for sabbatical and other leaves at Princeton, Yale, M.I.T., Paris, London, Bombay and several other nice places.

"My wife Maria and I have also taken many trips here in California, to the mountains and the deserts where we enjoy climbing and hiking.

"Most of my research has been in group theory – finite groups and algebraic groups and the relations between them – and it includes some papers on invariant theory. Since it is a beautiful area of mathematics, I have chosen it as the subject of my talk."

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.


For more information, please contact Marge D'Elia at (626) 395-4334 or send e-mail to delia@cco.caltech.edu.

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