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AMS-NZMS Maclaurin Lectureship

The Maclaurin Lectureship is a reciprocal exchange between the New Zealand Mathematical Society and American Mathematical Society. A New Zealand and a United States-based mathematician will tour each other's countries on alternate years, with the lecturers to be chosen by both societies. The lectureship is named after Richard Cockburn Maclaurin (1870-1920), who studied at Auckland University College (now The University of Auckland) and Cambridge University, and won the Smith Prize in Mathematics and Yorke Prize in Law. He was Foundation Professor of Mathematics at Victoria University College, as well as Dean of Law and Professor of Astronomy. After serving as Chair of Mathematical Physics Department at Columbia University he became President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1908-1920.

Upcoming Maclaurin Lecturer:

James Sneyd, University of Auckland
Sneyd's field is applications of mathematics to medicine and physiology, and to biology in general. (See a brief video on Youtube, "How can mathematics help fight disease?".) He will give a lecture at the 2014 Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting in Greensboro, NC (November 8, 2014). The rest of the itinerary for his Maclaurin Lectures has not yet been determined.

Previous Maclaurin Lecturers:

Terence Tao, University of California Los Angeles
Tao, born in Australia, works in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, additive combinatorics, ergodic Ramsey theory, random matrix theory, and analytic number theory. He gave lectures at University of Auckland (August 19, 2013), Waikato University (August 20, 2013), University of Otago (August 26, 2013), University of Canterbury (August 27, 2013), Palmerston North Massey (August 28, 2013), Wellington (August 29, 2013), Wellington (a public lecture, "Arithmetic progression in the primes," August 30, 2013). See lectures and dates.

Marston Conder, University of Auckland, and Co-Director of the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (NZIMA)
Conder, the inaugural Maclaurin Lecturer, specializes in the development and use of combinatorial group theory and computational methods to study the symmetries of discrete structures. The Royal Society of New Zealand announcement, "Mathematician receives joint NZ-US honour," notes that Conder is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a past president of the Academy Council. Conder gave lectures at University of California, San Diego (March 21, 2013), University of Washington, Seattle, WA (March 25, 2013), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (March 28, 2013), University of Chicago, IL (April 3, 2013), Colgate University, April 4, 2013), Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (April 6, 2013), University of Texas at Austin (April 9, 2013).

Conder and Savage

Photo: Marston Conder and AMS Secretary Carla Savage at the AMS Spring 2013 Eastern Sectional Meeting held at Boston College after his Invited Address, "Discrete objects with maximum possible symmetry."

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