Laurent Lafforgue (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques)

Laurent Lafforgue is a Professeur Permanent at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, in Bures-sur-Yvette, France. He is a Member of the French Academy of Sciences and a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Clay Research Prize and the Grand Prix Jacques Herbrand de l'Académie des Sciences.  In 2002 he was awarded a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Beijing for his work related to the Langlands Program in number theory. Laurent Lafforgue will come to the University of Notre Dame in May to receive an honorary doctorate degree. In this occasion he will give three talks, two of which are sponsored by the Center for Mathematics.

Professor Lafforgue will be giving two mathematical lectures in May 2011 entitled:

"What is the Langlands programme all about?"
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
127 Hayes-Healy Hall - 4:00PM
Mathematical Audience

"Introduction to Langlands' functoriality"
Thursday, May 19, 2011
127 Hayes-Healy Hall - 4:00PM
Mathematical Audience

In addition, he will be giving a lecture to a broader audience entitled:

"Does basic research have a meaning?  A few remarks by a Catholic mathematician"
Friday, May 20, 2011
101 Jordan Hall - 4:00PM
General Audience