# The Chern Lectures

The Shiing-Shen Chern Chair in Mathematics was established by a generous donation by Dr. Robert G. Uomini, a 1976 graduate from UC Berkeley, and Ms. Louise B. Bidwell in honor of one of the 20th century's greatest geometers, Shiing-Shen Chern, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley. Funds from the endowment are used to support one or more distinguished visiting mathematicians each year as well as teaching and research activities related to the visitors. The visitors are referred to as The Shiing-Shen Chern Visiting Professors.

**The 2017-2018 Chern Lectures** will be given by Martin Hairer of the University of Warwick during the week of March 19, 2018. Each lecture begins at 4:10pm and ends at 5:00pm.

Professor Chern (1911-2004) is widely regarded as the greatest geometer of his generation. For more than six decades, he was a leader in the field of differential geometry and made significant contributions to such diverse areas as the geometry of fibre bundles, complex geometry, web geometry, integral geometry, Nevalinna theory, and the classical theory of submanifolds in euclidean space. Professor Chern completed his doctorate in 1936 in Hamburg. During his stay at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 1943-1945, he did his ground-breaking work on characteristic classes and fibre bundles. When he returned to China in 1946, he set himself the task of introducing modern mathematics to China and succeeded in training a new generation of Chinese mathematicians. Professor Chern taught at the University of Chicago from 1949 to 1960, when he came to Berkeley. He was a co-founder of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. He retired in 1979.

Additional biographical information can be found at:

http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/senate/inmemoriam/shiingshenchern.htm

### Past Chern Visiting Professors

1996 Sir Michael Atiyah

1997 Richard Stanley

1998 Friedrich Hirzebruch

1999 Michael Artin

Yuri Manin

2000 Don Zagier

2001 Joseph Bernstein

Peter Lax

Bertram Kostant

2005 Terence Tao

2007 Vladimir Igorevich Arnold

2008 Dennis Sullivan

2009 Richard Taylor

2010 Peter S. Ozsvath

2011 Andrei Okounkov

2012 Jean Bourgain

2013 (Spring) Nigel Hitchin

2013 (Fall) Stanislav Smirnov

2014 Ngô Bảo Châu

2015-16 Alex Eskin

2016-17 Sergiu Klainerman