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 at UNC, 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.
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2023 Brauer Lecturer
Dr. Carlos E Kenig, Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Carlos E Kenig is recognized for his application of tools and techniques of harmonic analysis to a number of different areas of partial differential equations. In particular, in the last 25 years Kenig has made pioneering contributions to the study of nonlinear dispersive equations, including his recent research on the classification of the long-time behavior of large solutions. Kenig was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1953. He obtained his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1978. After being an instructor at Princeton University and a professor at the University of Minnesota, Kenig returned to the University of Chicago in 1985. Kenig was awarded the Salem Prize in 1984 and the Bocher Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 1008. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics in 1986 and 2002 and a plenary speaker in 2010. Kenig is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Mathematical Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a vice-president elect of the American Mathematical Society.
Past Brauer Lectures
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 were given by Dr. Peter Constantin of Princeton University
The 2018 Brauer Lectures were 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
There are no scheduled events at this time.