James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Mathematics

Isadore Singer
Lecture title: "Some Geometry of the Past Half Century and Its Historical Background"
March 23, 2006

Institute Professor Isadore Singer, a world-renowned mathematician known for his work covering a broad spectrum of geometry, analysis, and algebra, was MIT's James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2005–2006. "His work is fundamental in differential geometry, topology, in function and operator algebras and in partial differential equations," said Professor Marcus Thompson, chair of the Killian Award Committee. Read more at MIT News.


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Gian-Carlo Rota
Lecture title: "Mathematical Snapshots"
March 5, 1997

Mathematician Gian-Carlo Rota was the recipient of the 1996–1997 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award. He was described by the Killian Award Committee as "a leading innovator and theorist in the transformation of combinatorics from a disparate collection of facts and techniques unworthy of serious mathematical consideration into an active, systematic, and profound branch of modern pure and applied mathematics". In his lecture, Professor Rota presented some little-known facts of mathematics drawn from recent discoveries in geometry, mathematical analysis, and combinatorics. Read more at MIT News.


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Chia-Chiao Lin
Spring 1982

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