A.O.L (Oliver) Atkin,
a noted mathematician of international fame and professor emeritus at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, died on December 23, 2008 at the age of 83.
He made lasting contributions to the theory of numbers: the theory of modular
forms (Atkin-Lehner operators, congruences,
modular forms for non-congruences groups), theory of
partitions, and cryptography (Schoof-Elkies-Atkin
Algorithm), among others. He was also a pioneer of the use of computers in
mathematics. He was born in England and worked at Bletchley Park in World War
II. He completed his doctorate at Cambridge in 1952 under John Littlewood. He joined the faculty at the University of
Illinois at Chicago in 1972. Atkin remained
mathematically active until his death. The annual Atkin Memorial Lecture, which I have helped organize since 2009, is aimed at remembering Oliver Atkin's lasting contributions to mathematics and the University of Illinois. Since 2010 the lecture has been accompanied with a weekend workshop. The following is the list of the Atkin lecturers, the topics, and the speakers of the workshops. 2017: Yuri Tschinkel (NYU and Simons Foundation), Topic: . Other confirmed speakers of the workshop: Margaret Bilu (Orsay), Tim Browning (Bristol), Alex Eskin (University of Chicago), Alex Gorodnik (Bristol), Brian Lehmann (Boston College), Daniel Loughran (Manchester), Lilian Matthiesen (KTH, Stockholm), Sho Tanimoto (Copenhagen), Tony Varilly-Alvarado (Rice), and Takehiko Yasuda (Osaka). Funded by the National Science Foundation and UIC. Height zeta functions2016: Henri Gillet (UIC), Topic: . We did not have an Atkin workshop this year. Comparing cohomology theories for algebraic varieties2015: Alireza Salehi-Golsefidy (UC San Diego), . Other speakers: Remi Boutonnet (UCSD), Elena Fuchs
(UIUC), Alex
Furman (UIC), Alex Gamburd (CUNY), Harald Helfgott (CNRS Paris VI/VII), Alex Kontorovich (Rutgers), Igor Rivin (Temple), Nicolas
de Saxce (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Funded by the National Science Foundation and UIC. Expansion in Linear Groups2014: Shouwu Zhang (Princeton), . Other speakers: Kestutis Cesnavicius (MIT), David
Hansen (Jussieu), Robert
Harron (University of Wisconsin), Andrei
Jorza (Notre Dame), Kazuya
Kato (University of Chicago), Yifeng
Liu (MIT), Christopher
Skinner (Princeton), Ander
Steele (Calgary), Wei
Zhang (Columbia). Funded by the National Science Foundation and UIC. The Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves and Special Values of L-Functions2013: Akshay Venkatesh (Stanford), . Other speakers: Thomas
Church (Stanford), Jordan
Ellenberg (University of Wisconsin), Wei Ho
(Columbia), Nathan
Kaplan (Harvard), Andy
Putman (Rice), Arul
Shankar (IAS), Frank
Thorne (South Carolina), Jacob Tsimerman (Harvard), Craig Westerland (Melbourne), Melanie
Matchett Wood (University of Wisconsin). Funded by the National Science Foundation and UIC. Cohen-Lenstra Heuristics2012: William Stein (University of Washington), . Other speakers: Jennifer
Balakrishnan (Harvard), Jonathan
Bober (University of Washington), John
Cremona (Warwick), Lassina Dembele (Warwick), Noam Elkies (Harvard), Edray Goins (Purdue), Matthew
Greenberg (Calgary), Richard
Pinch (Cheltenham), Kenneth
Ribet (Berkeley), William
Stein (University of Washington), Nike Vatsal (UBC), John Voight (University of Vermont). Funded by the National Science Foundation and UIC. Elliptic Curves over Q square root of 52011: Winnie Li (Penn State), . Other speakers: Matthew Emerton (Northwestern), Toby Gee (Northwestern), Jerome W. Hoffman (LSU), Kiran Kedlaya (MIT and
UCSD), Ling Long (Iowa State), Tong Liu (Purdue). Funded by the National Science Foundation and UIC. Noncongruence Modular Forms and Galois representations2010: Steve Kudla (University of Toronto), . Other speakers: Ben Howard (Boston College), Kartik Prasanna (Michigan), Ulrich Terstiege (Harvard), Tonghai Yang (Wisconsin). Funded by UIC. Arithmetic Cycles on Shimura Varieties and Automorphic Forms2009: Ken Ono (UW, Madison), . Funded by UIC. Mock Modular Forms |