ROBERT P. LANGLANDS
Professor, School of Mathematics
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, New Jersey
will deliver the
Leonidas Alaoglu Memorial Lecture
Planar lattice models in
statistical mechanics:
A mathematician dreams of an initial theory
Robert P. Langlands was born in New Westminster,
British Columbia. He received his A.B. (1957) and M.A. (1958) from the University of
British Columbia and his Ph.D. (1960) from Yale University. He has also received eight
honorary doctorates from various institutions.
Langlands is considered by many to be a great
visionary mathematician. In 1967, he stunned the mathematical world with his farreaching
ideas on number theory, coming from his deep insights into the seemingly disjoint area of
representations of Lie groups. The field was consequently rejuvenated by the resulting
influx of new ideas and powerful techniques, and it blossomed over the next decade into a
gigantic program encompassing a variety of fields. During the past decade, Langlands has
been working primarily in statistical mechanics and others parts of mathematical physics.
Langlands is a recipient of numerous awards,
including the Cole Prize (1982), National Academy of Sciences Medal (1988) and the Wolf
Prize (1995–96). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of
the Royal Societies of London, U.K. and of Canada.
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.
