Jack Carr Lecture

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Jack Carr Lecture

 02 May 2022




ICMS and the Jack Carr Fund are delighted to announce the Inaugural Jack Carr lecture, given by the 2010 Fields Medallist Professor Ngô Bảo Châu

The lecture, which we hope to make an annual event, commemorates the outstanding achievements of the late Professor Jack Carr FRSE, formerly Head of Department of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University. He was not only an international authority in his field of differential equations and dynamical systems, but was also widely recognised for a selfless commitment to the University, Scottish, and international communities. He had a special interest in fostering mathematics in African and other developing countries. His links with colleagues at Edinburgh University helped establish the ICMS and also the Maxwell Institute under whose auspices the lecture is being held.

Members of the Maxwell Institute will be able to join the event in person or online.

We are delighted to be extend a wider paticipation for people to join this event online. It will be of particular interest to Early Career Mathematicians.


Ngô Bảo Châu (University of Chicago/Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics)

On the functional equation of automorphic L-functions

Automorphic L-functions, introduced by Langlands in the late 1960s, are expected to satisfy a functional equation similar to the functional equation of Riemann's zeta function. The functional equation would follow from the Langlands' functoriality conjecture, which is one of the far-reaching goals of the Langlands program, and in a sense is equivalent to it. Around 2000, Braverman and Kazhdan formulated a new approach to the functional equation, not following the route of functoriality but attempting to generalize the Fourier analysis on adeles used by Tate to prove the functional equation of the Riemann zeta function. I will report some recent progress in this approach.

The lecture will be followed by a musical interlude contributed by members of Jack's family, Emily Carr-Martin and Sam Carr.


17:00 Welcome/Introduction

17:05 Ngô Bảo Châu

18:00 Q&A

18:15 Musical Interlude

18:35 End of Event

Tickets are required

Sponsors and Funders:

This event is sponsored by the Jack Carr Fund and ICMS.

More information on the Jack Carr Fund can be found here.