Tondeur Lectures in Mathematics

The Tondeur Lectures in Mathematics was created by the Department of Mathematics in 2012. The bi-annual Tondeur Lecture series is offered in alternate years with the Coble Lectures. This lecture series is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Philippe Tondeur in recognition of his contributions to the department, to mathematics, and to the profession. Tondeur’s research is in differential geometry, topology, and partial differential equations. He is an influential advocate for mathematics and science policy at the national and international levels. He earned an engineering degree in Zurich, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Zurich. He subsequently was a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Paris, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, and an Associate Professor at Wesleyan University, before joining our department in 1968. He served as Chair of the department from 1996–1999, and then as Director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1999–2002. Tondeur was an Invited Hour Speaker of the AMS in 1976. He has received a 1985 Award for Study in a Second Discipline (Physics) at Illinois, the 1994 William F. Prokasy Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Illinois, a 2002 Frederick A. Howes Commendation for Public Service from SIAM, and the 2008 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession. In 2009 he was selected in the inaugural class of Fellows of SIAM. In 2010 he was selected a Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2012 he was elected in the first class of Fellows of the AMS.

Year Lecturer Lecture Title
2013 Jeff Cheeger, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University Quantitative Behavior of Singular Sets for Certain Geometric PDE's
2015 Gregory Margulis, Yale

Dynamics, Geometry, and Number Theory
Lecture 1 video
Lecture 2 video
Lecture 3 video

2017 Ulrike Tillmann, Oxford University
April 25-27, 2017
Topological Quantum Field Theories in Homotopy Theory
2019 Andre Neves, University of Chicago
April 9-11, 2019

Recent progress on existence of minimal surfaces