Free Public Lecture

Kumar Murty (University of Toronto)
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 6:00 pm
Ryerson University, Atrium of the George Vari
Engineering and Computing Centre

The TAU of Ramanujan

Ramanujan's story is as amazing as his mathematics. Being largely
self-taught, he emerged from extreme poverty to become one of the
20th century's most influential mathematicians. His is a phenomenal
"rags to mathematical riches" story. In this talk, we look at one aspect
of Ramanujan's life and legacy and use it as a backdrop to explore his
Tau: the essence of his creativity.

Kumar Murty got his B.Sc from Carleton University and Ph.D. from 
Harvard University.  After a year each at the Institute for Advanced Study 
(Princeton) and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai), 
he joined Concordia University as an NSERC University
Research Fellow. In 1987, he moved to the University of Toronto 
where he has been ever since. He is currently the Chair of the 
Department of Mathematics.

Kumar's field of research is number theory, algebraic geometry and 
their applications to information technology. For many years, 
he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Ramanujan Mathematical 
Society and an editor of Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the 
Fields Institute. This year, he was elected a Foreign Fellow of 
the National Academy of Sciences (India). Other honours include 
a Steacie Fellowship, the Coxeter-James Prize, the Balaguer Prize (joint
with his brother Ram) and an "Inventor of the Year" award of the 
University of Toronto.
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