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The UNC Alfred T. Brauer Lectures

Alfred Brauer (1894–1985) had a profound impact on the Mathematics Department at UNC. Born in Germany, he held a position at the University of Berlin until the advent of the Nazis during the 1930s. He fled the country in 1939, accepting Hermann Weyl’s invitation to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He came to North Carolina in 1942, teaching here until his retirement in 1966. During this time he founded the Mathematics and Physics Library, using his knowledge and expertise to establish a superb collection. In appreciation for this effort the library was named for him in 1976. Alfred Brauer was honored by the University with the award of a Kenan professorship in 1959, the Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 1965, and an honorary doctor of legal letters degree in 1972. He has also received honors from outside the University, including the Oak Ridge Science Award and the G.W.F. Hegel Medal from the University of Berlin. In 1975 an Alfred T. Brauer Instructorship was created at Wake Forest University, where he taught after his retirement from the University of North Carolina. The Alfred Brauer Fund was established by the Department of Mathematics in 1984 on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday.

2019 Schedule:

There are no upcoming events at this time.


To honor the memory of Alfred Brauer and to recognize his many contributions to the Mathematics Department at UNC, the Alfred Brauer Lectures were begun in 1985.

The 2019 Brauer Lectures will be given by Dr. Peter Constantin on May 1-3, 2019.

The 2018 Brauer Lectures will be given by Dr. Mina Aganagic on April 10-12, 2018.

The 2017 Brauer Lectures were given by Mikhail Khovanov, on March 29-31, 2017.

The 2016 Brauer Lectures were given by Stan Osher, on April 20-22, 2016.

The 2015 Brauer Lectures were given by Michael Hopkins, on March 23-25, 2015.

The 2014 Brauer Lectures were given by Simon Donaldson, on March 24-26, 2014.

The 2013 Brauer Lectures were given by Vaughan Jones, University of California at Berkeley and Vanderbilt University, on March 4-6, 2013.

The 2012 Brauer Lectures were given by Alex Lubotzky, Hebrew University, on April 16-18, 2012.

The 2011 Brauer Lectures were given by Gerard Laumon of CNRS and Paris-Sud (Orsay) on March 28-30, 2011.

The 2010 Brauer Lectures were given by Alex Eskin of the University of Chicago.

Brauer Lectures prior to 2010



Dr. Peter Constantin, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Dr. Peter Constantin holds degrees from the University of Bucharest, where he graduated “summa cum laude” in 1975, and from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received his PhD in 1981 with Professor Shmuel Agmon as his advisor. From 1985 to 2009 he was a professor at the University of Chicago, before moving to Princeton University, where he is now the “John von Neumann Professor” of Mathematics. He has held numerous visiting positions at institutions throughout the world (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Weizmann Institute, Institute for Advanced Study, École Normale Supérieure, Mittag-Leffler-Institut, RIMS, MSRI, NYU-Courant, to name a few). In 1994 he was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, the American Physical Society, and SIAM. In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Titles and Abstracts:

Overall Title: “Fluid nonlinearity”

Lecture 1: “Smooth and dissipative solutions of Euler equations, Navier-Stokes equations and the zero viscosity limit”

I will describe briefly basic questions of the area. Then I will discuss some of the recent results: 1) smooth multiscale solutions with compactly supported velocity and 2) conditions away from the boundary for the zero viscosity limit to be given by possibly dissipative solutions of Euler equations.


Lecture 2: “Nernst-Planck-Navier-Stokes Equations”

I will describe recent work concerning this system of equations describing ionic diffusion in fluids in the presence of boundaries with different kinds of properties.


Lecture 3: “SQG in bounded domains”

I will present a global interior regularity result.