Prof. John Coates will speak in the Golden Jubilee Distingushed Lecture Series on September 17, 2008.

Speaker : Prof. John Coates, Cambridge University
Date : Wedenesday, September 17, 2008
Venue : P C Saxena Auditorium
Time : 4:30 pm
Title : Number theory, ancient and modern
Abstract: The lecture will be aimed at a very general audience, and will discuss some of the fundamental unsolved problems of number theory, as well as some important recent results.
About the Speaker: John Coates completed his Ph. D. from Cambridge University in 1969. He then held positions in several leading centres of mathematical research around the world: Harvard, Stanford, Australian National University, University of Paris and in 1985 he took up the positions of professor and director of mathematics at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In the same year he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

In 1986 John Coates returned to Cambridge as the Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematics. From 1991 to 1997, he served as the Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Cambridge.

His main work has been in the area of Arithmetic of Elliptic curves and Iwasawa theory. With his student Andrew Wiles, he established the first theoretical results about the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer.

An outstanding researcher, he is also an inspiring teacher and expositor who has trained numerous research students and mentored young mathematicians and students from around the world. John Coates served as president of the London Mathematical Society during 1988-90 and as vice-president of the International Mathematical Union from 1991 to 1995.

He was awarded the Senior Whitehead PRize in 1997 by the London Mathematical Society.